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To do this without an app, you'd need a ton of decks of cards to randomize enemy behaviors and events.

Basically, like an event deck, a dungeon deck, a deck for each monster, a deck for each companion, a deck for each villain, etc.

It'd be a lot of card draws and such that really wouldn't have a lot of value.

The app just does a lot of virtual card draws for you. In fact, many of the things are actually conceptual virtual cards, keeping the game grounded as a board game.

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In terms of app based games...

I didn't really like how Descent: Legends of the Dark felt like a video game that happened to have some board game pieces associated with it.

X-com did it pretty well, but used real-time play to keep the game speedy.

This one, I think, really gets it right. The app basically handles all of the complex work of the enemies and events, while you handle your cards and whatnot yourself.

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I got to play an absolutely amazing board game last night. "Return to Dark Tower" is an absolute dream of a game.

The game itself has elements of the board games Pandemic, X-com, and Talisman.

It's this coop game where you wander around the board completing quests and cleansing corruption.

It's connected to this electronic tower and iPad app, but they make it work really really well.

It's going *okay* so far... The big problem I'm running into is trying to figure out how to get local only posts into the new version, after some of the changes that happened there.

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Ugggggh. I think I screwed something up with the Beach City code base. Merging 3.3.0 into it is super hard. I'm going to try to start with a fresh copy of 3.3 and see if I can't cherry pick our old changes into this.

politics, transphopbia 

Well yeah, I'm cancelling my spotify. Between this and the neil young thing, fuck Spotify and their support of Joe Rogan: mediamatters.org/joe-rogan-exp

There are times when I miss the days where being queer, polyamourous, trans, etc. was a novelty for me. It was neat to be exploring new ways of being, new ideas of how to maximize my personal happiness and enjoyment of life.

Nowadays, it's just... who I am and how I live. NBD

I haven't been drinking much water the past couple weeks....

-grabs a bottle in such an obvious way that encourages YOU to drink some water as well-

Decentralization 

I love decentralization. Really.

Also? Crypto ain't it, as far as I'm concerned. With how many big money players are involved, that shit is gonna be centralized and regulated as fuck.

The internet, the web, etc... Those were really nice examples of decentralization... Until Facebook, Google, and Amazon basically took over and now run the show.

Oh sweet. I actually have access to this from my work computer now.

Hi hi hi! How is everyone?

Currency, especially social 

Like. What matters to folks I tend to associate with are things like "conversations" and "how much we hang out" and "What do we want to do with one another." Less things like "How much money do we collectively have" or "how many internet points can you give me?"

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Currency, especially social 

Recently, some folks gave me a bunch of reddit karma and awards for a short story I wrote on there. It was an odd experience, since I have no use or value for such things.

It felt like I was from an alien planet and someone was handing me a bunch of money, but to me it's just green paper I have no use for.

On my planet, likes, reddit karma, geek gold, and all their ilk have little to no value. Folks I associate with trade in other things.

Played Root last night. We played with the cats, regal birds, conspiracy crows, and the vagabond.

The Vagabond is a war profiteer that benefits from helping the other players. A sort of "All sides are bad centrist" type character. I won as them by forcibly allying with the birds and murdering a ton of cats.

The game is quite brutal for how cute the art is.

Matrix 4 

I loved Matrix 4. Frankly, it was my favorite in the entire series.

Largely because it got meta and criticized itself, its own existence, the fandom its a part of, the studios that called for its existence, etc.

But not just criticism. It also noted that everything creative and good ultimately becomes a tool of "The Matrix," whatever you believe that to be.

It challenges you to look beyond the comforts and challenges around you and ask yourself what's controlling you.

crypto 

It's why digital collectibles in general are just so odd to me. Why do people care so much about owning a purple hat for their virtual avatar on Fortnite or Roblox?

It bugs me.

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crypto 

The fact that people in general are interested in these ideas of "I own a bunch of collectible *things*" is really... IDK... capitalistic and upsetting?

I often examine myself for hypocrisy in these things, but I generally try to buy experiences. Merely owning a *thing* brings me no joy or pleasure. It's what it enables me to *do* that I enjoy, generally. Games and toys and tools and whatnot are my jam.

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crypto 

I've been getting somewhat irritated by seeing a lot of otherwise intelligent people getting drawn into the current NFT crypto fad.

Enabling more people to get access to the fine art capitalism money laundering game was not, actually, a good thing.

Obtaining and purchasing more virtual widgets when people are unhoused, unfed, sick, etc. is not anything resembling good.

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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.