If there are no objections, I'm going to upgrade Beach city to the latest and *remove* the "local only" posting option that's causing me so much merging grief.

I see a lot of folks talk about "drops" but I really don't know what that is... Usually around collectible things.

My biggest impression of Austin, TX is that it has great food and terrible freeways. Also really cool people that are being pushed out by the tech invasion.

Really looking forward to heading back to Michigan tomorrow. I haven't seen one of my housemates for a month thanks to travel + covid isolation.

two of the nice bike paths i used to bike to campus just now. got soaked by the rain but it was enjoyable.

aviation 

Flew my family out to Austin, TX for 2 weeks to hang out with a bazillion people. Heading back tomorrow! We'll be stopping in St. Louis, MO for St. Louis style pizza!!! ^^

Sorry I don't post here much... I've kinda just gotten out of the habit of posting on social media in general. Tired of feeling like my life is on display for others... or like I have to perform "awesome life" in order for others to feel engaged or something. Probably a holdover from the world of likes and subscribes, idk.

I really don't think I can understate just how rare a quality it is for someone to actually reflect and hold themselves accountable.

It's always nice to see.

I just wish there was more of it.

I am in Austin, TX for this week and next meeting up with friends we've met from VR chat.

I'm a bi trans girl from the SF Bay area, work in a large tech company. I was born in Mexico, learned English in LA and Texas, loved my time in Oregon, and did not love winters in Germany.

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There's a reposter that reposts my messages from here, but whatever.

And with that, my twitter account is deleted.

There is actually a benefit to HDR on displays with low brightness, btw. Regardless of how bright or dark a display can be, the resolution of, say, a gradient from light to dark, provides clear benefits. The reduction of visible banding and dithering, for one.

I actually think Root is fairly easy to explain and get into, having done the teach just the other day. Most of the complexity comes in each faction's specific behaviors, which are written down on their player boards. Explain conflict, how to win (get 30 points) how the shared cards work, and then point at the board "Read your board for the rest"

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Another thing I like about some older games? Fewer rules.

When you could explain all the rules in just a few minutes and get right into the game, that game was amazing.

That's something Return to Dark Tower does really well. The game is fairly easy to understand, and most of the complexity is in the app.

Heroquest is *STUPID.* It's move around, roll dice to win, and check for traps occasionally. It's extremely brainless. And yet it is SO MUCH FUN.

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Playing board games from the 1980s, whether it's a straight remake like Heroquest, or a remaster like Return to Dark Tower, reminds me of a time when board games were less about challenge and conflict and more about fun.

Like, I really enjoy solving board game puzzles, FOR SURE.

But it's so nice when a game focuses on just being *fun* instead of being challenging or puzzly or intricate.

Back then, games appealed to kids. Nowadays, everyone wants super complicated things.

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Beach City is our private beach-side sanctuary for close friends and awesome folks. We are various flavors of trans, queer, non-binary, polyamorous, disabled, furry, etc.