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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Looks like Paizo is starting up the 2e hype train with a weekly previews of the finalized rules on their blog. I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up. I know that as much as I like the aesthetic of Pathfinder, the rules are going to end up too fiddly for my taste. But damn it, I can’t help getting excited to see how it turned out after all the play testing and revision.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I do miss being able to see who Liked a post.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know what I love MK I
    Sure!
    - 2 oz. Irish whiskey (I used Bushmills black bush)
    - 1 oz. Demerara syrup (I used Old Fashioned cocktail syrup)
    - 8 oz. coffee (I used a medium-dark roast I made in my Chemex)
    - Stir, and top with whipped cream and nutmeg....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know what I love MK I
    I really love this Irish coffee I just made. I thought a cup after dinner would be nice, but I’m enjoying it enough I might just make a second.

    EDIT: Yep, I have a new favorite drink.
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    Last edited by Charlaquin; 06-17-2019, 09:44 PM.

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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The Roleplayer's Guide to Heists
    The other thread about this Kickstarter got locked, but this one didn’t. I asked about why backstage but no one has responded....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The Roleplayer's Guide to Heists
    Yeah, I noticed that too. Nobody got back to me about it when I asked, and I’m pretty sure the 24 hour mark has passed....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Help make Underhill Changeling happen!
    Oh, fuck! I’m so in!
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    The art director did claim that she thinks the person is sexy, and she said that the ad was supposed to be an example of how corporations in 2077 objectify people, which is what you fight against as the protagonist. Something in there isn’t tracking. If we take at face value the claim that it’s an example of what you’re fighting against, then saying you think it’s sexy is not a good look. At best it makes her come off like a chaser.


    The trans woman, first of all, not “the trans.” Let’s not remove the personhood from the language we use to describe trans people, hm?...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    So you’re defending something no one is attacking?...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    I don’t much care what she thinks. I care about the impact her art has.


    Which is exactly what I already assumed the intent behind the ad was before she said anything about it. The problem isn’t that anyone thought the message was meant to support objectification. The problem is, we haven’t seen any of these trans people who allegedly exist in 2077. This ad is the first hint of any kind of trans representation in the game, and what do you know, it’s objectifying and gross. Just like most media representation of trans people in real life.

    This would be a...
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  • Which, to be fair, is what it immediately made me think of. But it’s definitely not that....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Of course that’s the intent of the ad. From the moment I saw it I knew it was meant as an example of shitty things corporations do in the setting. The bigger issue is that the ad doesn’t exist in a vacuum. The game Cyberpunk 2077 exists in the context of a real world where the only media representation trans people (and especially trans women) get is fetishistic, exoticized, and played for shock value. And as the artist rightly points out, the cyberpunk genre is rife for exploration of trans themes, what with its heavy emphasis on body modification and identity. Yet, we have seen absolutely...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Hence the confusion Remi was noting.


    No, but, “I think is sexy!” is not a good defense of content that is ostensibly meant as a critique of hypersexualization....
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  • Any ideas what YANA might mean?
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Oh, absolutely! Everyone else is busy talking about cloud gaming and how “innovative” and “immersive” their new tech is. Meanwhile Nintendo’s just like “Uhh... Our console is already mobile, here’s a bunch of games!”...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Well... they only can’t include couch co-op if you take it as a given that they have to push the graphical fidelity to the maximum the hardware can manage. You certainly could optimize a game to support 4-player local co-op, if you were willing to make a lot of sacrifices in the graphics department. So, It’s not really a question of necessity, it’s a question of priorities. The original Halo could probably have looked better if it hadn’t had local multiplayer, but at the time multiplayer was a higher priority. Understandably, because online multiplayer wasn’t really a thing yet (on console,...
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    Last edited by Charlaquin; 06-11-2019, 09:25 PM.

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  • That’s not how representation works. The point is not to depict an under-represented group in a flattering light, the point is to depict them as complex, multidimensional people, while avoiding the pitfalls of harmful stereotypes. And the way to do that is to get someone who is actually a member of the group in question and knows how to depict them in a manner that is both realistic and respectful to write it....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Again, you’re not wrong. The industry needs reform and individual consumers just aren’t going to be able to bring that about.

    I’m probably not making my point here clearly, which is that there’s no winning as an ethically-minded consumer, and at a certain point you just have to pick your battles. The crunch problem is unfortunately one that can’t be solved by individuals choosing not to support developers, so for me that’s a battle I’ve accepted as a loss. I still don’t want to support CDPR for other reasons, but yeah....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    You're not wrong. There's no ethical consumption under capitalism....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    I agree with you, and probably won’t be buying any of their games, but on the subject of abusive practices like crunch, that’s unfortunately an industry-wide problem....
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