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Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, cont'd

The return of Droppa MaPantz

OMG, you guys, there's a swipe at L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics in this passage! This booklet, it never ceases to delight.


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Still going through this list, which is way advanced above my level as opposed to nice basic verbs, but the practice is good!

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Back to Revenant Gun...
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Amazon's got a one-day sale offering $8.62 off any $50 order (celebrating a Harris Poll ranking). Only available for another six hours, so grab it while you can.
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Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, cont'd

Hopscotch + The Game of Goose

(I have to say, as someone who is fascinated by the history of games, this is so fun!)

And meanwhile, this time we have Surprise Cretans and the Phaistos Disk!

(also I am making progress on Revenant Gun I really am!!! don't send in the WRITING POLICE after me lolz)

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Wednesday Reading Meme

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:51 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

R. A. MacAvoy, The Book of Kells: I really loved The Grey Horse so I keep reading MacAvoy but I am clearly not going to love anything else as much and should probably give up. This is time-travel fantasy where the protagonists end up in medieval Ireland (medieval Ireland = a fuckton of Vikings in addition to the cattle raids, who knew?) and it should have been my thing except I felt like all the spiritual moments were mishandled, I didn't care about the Vikings, and the main male character was a jerk. Also, weirdly, the author made him Canadian, and you could tell he was Canadian because when he finally got to medieval Dublin he started singing "Barrett's Privateers." No, really.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Avengers #4.1, Black Panther #11, Captain America Steve Rogers #12, Infamous Iron Man #5, Mighty Captain Marvel #2, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16, Scarlet Witch #15, Spider-Woman #16, Thunderbolts #10, Uncanny Avengers #20 )

What I'm Reading Next

No idea! Books!

Narnia fanfic

Feb. 22nd, 2017 12:26 pm
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For the Chocolate Box exchange, which focuses on romantic or friendship pairings, I wrote The Gift for [personal profile] aurilly's request for Emeth/Tirian from The Last Battle. If you don't remember him, Emeth was the honorable young Calormene officer, who made a disproportionate impression in a very brief appearance, at least on those of us who like noble warriors.
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Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, continued

Hey, [personal profile] dhampyresa, in the second passage (Les Marelles stratégiques), there are SURPRISE PHOENICIANS. Mais pas Dido, malheureusement.

I can't tell how much of this material is based on actual games research and how much is fabulism. :p Which is probably the point! Also, I am about to run into serious difficulties as to how to render "la Marelle/les Marelles" because it is being used to represent "Pattern" in a way that "hopscotch" and "Pattern/pattern" don't...really correspond in English.

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Posted by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad


One could not have easily guessed that there would be so many references to Muslims in tabletop role playing games. I certainly did not know about the extend of this phenomenon until I was enlightened by Jabir Lee a few years ago. Here is a list of such games, quoted here verbatim from brother Lee, and the Islamic/Muslim references in these games.

World of Darkness:

Veil of Night, (Vampire: The Dark Ages)

A sourcebook for playing Muslim vampires during the crusades.

Clanbook Assamite, Clanbook Assamite Revised, (Vampire: the Masquerade)

A sourcebook about modern vampire assassins. The first is almost exclusively ethnic stereotypes about terrorists, the revised edition recasts Muslims as sympathetic rebels trying to escape an inhuman
“Old Man in the Mountain.”

Lost Paths, (Mage: the Ascension).

Book about modern Muslim mages who split from European magicians due to colonialism.

Ars Magica:

Blood and Sand

This is the only RPG supplement written by someone with an academic specialty. Niall Christie of the university of Vancouver, who’s specialty is on Muslim responses to the crusades. It’s about Muslim magicians in the levant.


Loose Allegiances (3rd edition)

This is a book about organizations that might hire the player characters. It details three Islamic groups – a conservative leaning unity movement, a left-leaning reform movement, and a terrorist spinoff run by a demon possessing a guy.

Sixth World Almanac (4th edition)

This is a world-guide for Shadowrun 4th edition, portrays the middle east as overwhelmingly intolerant and bad compared to it’s portayal in Loose Allegiances.

Street Magic

Street magic is the 4th edition magic guide, has rules for playing “Islamic tradition” mages and includes a write-up of a group of monster-hunting Muslim monastics.

Ottoman Empire, (Castle Falkenstein).

This is a supplement for victorian fantasy roleplaying game “Castle Falkenstein.” Includes rules for playing Jinn, most of the book heavily leans on the “Sick Man of Europe” portrayal of the Ottoman Empire.

Transhuman Space

GURPS Sci-fi supplement, this book has a “Reformed Caliphate” made up of “moderate Sunni nations.


The GURPS fantasy setting. The premise for the setting is that elves accidently summon both sides of the crusade into a fantasy world. Roughly half the nations in the setting are Muslim.

Arabian Nights
This is probably the one RPG supplement about the Arabian Nights that actually focuses on Islam. Roug guide on running fantasy adventures set in the post-Jahiliyya middle east.


Infinity is a miniature wargame. One of the playable factions, “Haqqislam,” are Muslims who are forced to flee earth and end up founding a nation in space.
In Nomine Satanis has two books, but they are in french. They are mostly about Islam being founded by rebel angels who go rogue and decline to turn in their badge.

GDC 2017

Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:06 pm
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Posted by Emily Short

Every year I scan through the GDC list for things of interest to interactive narrative/IF folks. Here are a few favorites from this year, though the Narrative Summit as a whole is likely to be worth scanning through.

Monday at 11:20, Narrative Summit, The World as Your Canvas: Telling Location-Based Stories covering things from AR projects to immersive theatre. Alternatively, at the same time

Indie Summit, Everything I Said Was Wrong: Why Indie Is Different Now. Some excellent, knowledgeable and watchable speakers talk about how the indie environment has morphed over the past few years.

Monday 1:20, VR track, Behind the Spherical Stage: Taking VR Storytelling Beyond Games and Movies. I’m interested in what can be done with VR immersive theatre in particular, so curious about this.

Monday, 3:00, Kate Compton on Practical Procedural Generation for Everyone. Kate’s famous for Tracery but has done loads of other fun and fascinating procedural generation tools and projects, and is also a champion of bringing those toolsets to amateur and indie creators.

At the exact same time, Telling Story Through Sound: Building an Interactive “Radio Play” also sounds interesting.

Monday, 3:50, AI Summit, Alan Hinchcliffe and Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris talk about Little Invasion Tales and the dynamic storytelling they do there. (Disclosure: Alan and Mitu are coworkers of mine at Spirit AI. This is a separate — and cool — project, though.)

Perversely scheduled at the same time as that, but in the Game Narrative Summit, Chris Martens and Rogelio Cordona-Rivera talk about Procedural Narrative Generation. (This is why the Vault exists, I suppose.)

Tuesday, 10:00, Narrative Innovation Showcase, featuring me and various other people talking about our experimental/cutting edge projects.

Tuesday, 1:20, Shawn Allen on Breaking Marginalized Character Narrative Molds to Write Better, Richer Characters.

Tuesday, also 1:20, Independent Game Summit, Building Game Mechanics to Elevate Narrative in Oxenfree. I’m always interested in this mechanics plus story question, and the details of how those turned out.

Tuesday at 4:40, Jolie Menzel is running a level design tutorial called a Narrative Approach to Level Design.

Wednesday at noon, Joseph Humfrey from inkle presents on Creating Interactive Film Scripts for 3D Adventures with Ink:

This talk introduces the concept of an “interactive film script”, using inkle’s open source narrative scripting language, Ink. As a development philosophy, taking a script-first approach promotes narrative pacing and continuity as a primary goal in development. How can ink, a text-based format, be used within a freely explorable 3D scene? This presentation will demonstrate with practical examples how entire scenes of flexible dialog can be written and tested in isolation, before they’re easily imported into Unity to be played with no modification.

Thursday at 10 AM, Jon Ingold speaks on Narrative Sorcery: Coherent Storytelling in an Open World:

Over four games and four years the ‘Sorcery!’ series has evolved from linear gamebook adaptations to fully open-world story-games. Players explore freely, encountering narrative content in any order and creating hundreds of small and large scale consequences, all of which are persistent. With the game rendered entirely through prose text, continuity is critical to ensuring believability, and in this talk Jon will outline how inkle Ltd designed and scripted the game to work in an ad-hoc fashion, using defensive logic to ensure the story gets told and makes sense regardless of how it comes about.

Thursday 5:30-6:30, the typically excellent GDC microtalks feature both Meg Jayanth and Christine Love.

Here is last year’s post on GDC, which contains some more general advice about coping if it is your first.

Changelog Digest for Tues, Feb 21

Feb. 21st, 2017 11:19 pm
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These are live on the site:


4b4f745: Issue #1983: fix uploading of non-factory, non-URL icons
Fix one more occurrence of reference mismatch errors.
c172a10: Issue #1855: Save descriptions can give error message when there are no descriptions
Improve handling of media load errors on /file/edit.
7400b91: Issue #2003: additional headers for media file requests
Use the Cache-Control and Last-Modified headers for media file requests.

These are in the queue for the next code push:


2c5a6d5: Issue #1986: Use of $# considered harmful
Use 'scalar' to get the correct count of items in the array.
eb9640e: Issue #1991: Post-push log cleanup
Fix undefined warning in DW/Controller/Feeds.pm.
29afdd4: Issue #1991: Post-push log cleanup
Fix undefined warning in DW/Controller/EditIcons.pm.
60d05ba: Issue #1991: Post-push log cleanup
Fix undefined warning in LJ/Userpic.pm.
b2ab126: Issue #1991: Post-push log cleanup
Avoid die statement in LJ/Poll.pm.
1b9abed: Issue #1991: Post-push log cleanup
Avoid calling method on undefined object in DW/Routing.pm.
ae9ef2c: Issue #1991: Post-push log cleanup
Fix undefined warning in DW/Controller/ChangeEmail.pm.
850cf4c: Issue #1991: Post-push log cleanup
Fix undefined warning in DW/Controller/API/Media.pm.
1fd3c0f: Issue #1991: Post-push log cleanup
Remove unused variable from DW::Routing.
1ded4d4: Issue #1992: entry loses slug on edit if poster and journal are on different clusters
Use correct user object when deleting existing slugs.
e69b60f: Issue #1988: remove null-op LJ/EventLogRecord.pm and submodules
Remove EventLogRecord.pm and submodules.
fd91296: Issue #1988: remove null-op LJ/EventLogRecord.pm and submodules
Fix postevent test failures caused by removing EventLogRecord.
4e9b78b: Issue #1988: remove null-op LJ/EventLogRecord.pm and submodules
Use another method to repopulate the entry object data.
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