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While We Wait: Writer's Block & Other Lame Excuses

Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by Nylan, Dec 24, 2011.

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  1. erez87

    erez87 Lord of Random

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    You mean the game theory YouTube channel?
     
  2. Masada

    Masada Koi-san!

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    Crezth 話說天下大勢分久必合合久必分

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    Symphony D. Chieftain

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    m.t.cicero Good Kid

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  6. Kozmos

    Kozmos Jew Detective

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    Support personnel and logistics are important, especially as you edge closer to present day and beyond. We used to have this solution where we could make abstract orders to cut off this and that or spend this much on supplying operation bongwater and whatever else and trust in the mod to see us through. I wouldn't mind for it to be developed more and replacing humans out of any kind of decision making of that nature. (if only because humans tire and their attention goes all over the place)

    How is that different from studying the period, looking for successful economic examples, writing specific stories for targeted bonuses and playing shrewdly? Everything can be optimized. People invest different amounts of time and expect different returns.
     
  7. ChiefDesigner

    ChiefDesigner Sunset Emperor

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    1. No model can accurately represent the world.
    2. Every model thus has to make approximations and abstractions, as design compromises.
    3. Any design compromise can be exploited, in ways the mod did not intend.
    4. This leads to gamey choices in play, that optimize to the system and not to the setting.
     
  8. Angst

    Angst Rambling and inconsistent

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    What population segment of the US actually likes what is being done with the US police?

    I'm not sure how to phrase the question, but I'm curious to if there's democratic support for hero complexes, violence on minorities and now apparently weapon proliferation.
     
  9. BSmith1068

    BSmith1068 Chieftain Retired Moderator

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    Moderator Action: Let's also stop the back and forth regarding trolling. If you feel that someone is being a troll, report it. Don't feed it by addressing it publicly, even if in a non-personal or indirect way.
     
  10. Kozmos

    Kozmos Jew Detective

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    Everything is game including people who bring the most unpredictability to the system. How exactly do you optimize to the setting? Increasing fidelity? Reducing the influence and agency of the player? A mod always had prerogative to slap down players with 'random events/chains of normalcy' who were trying to do something nonsensical. Are we trying to build something that can run itself and is self-correcting? (not the free market)
     
  11. erez87

    erez87 Lord of Random

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    I almost finished reading the entire adventure. So I need to ask people some stuff: You guys prefer we type everything in a chat, or are you all Ok with doing a game by voice? I feel like chatting the adventure would not be as fun as voicing it.

    Also how would people feel about 4-5pm IDT (which is UTC+2 so 2-3PM UTC). And considering I need 3-5 people, do we have five interested folks?
     
  12. Angst

    Angst Rambling and inconsistent

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    I think I'd do better in text but I could do it I guess.
     
  13. erez87

    erez87 Lord of Random

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    Can't say I really have a preference. Text is fine too.
     
  14. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    Rule #1 for running premade adventures: Don't read it like a script.
     
  15. erez87

    erez87 Lord of Random

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    Thank you, that was very helpful, I didn't know that.
     
  16. North King

    North King blech

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    You can read it like a script if you're good at reading scripts!

    (I'm good at reading scripts.)
     
  17. erez87

    erez87 Lord of Random

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    But do you read it like a script?

    lol, conflicting advice...

    https://app.roll20.net/lfg/listing/16385/lost-mine-of-phandelver
    That's a link to one of the games I'll run on roll20 with this adventure (I intend to take full advantage of the thing I bought by running this thing several times!). Oh and please don't go to read around and spoiler it for yourself!
     
  18. Angst

    Angst Rambling and inconsistent

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    So the characters aren't of our own designs?
     
  19. erez87

    erez87 Lord of Random

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    Not in that one. This is a test run. On my next game we will design characters and start a brand new adventure.
     
  20. Symphony D.

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    Guess what, Nixon, the data is in and I'm calling you out on your silent majority argument, especially since you couldn't even be bothered to respond to the prompt: numbers say there's no clear consensus as to how people approach their position to their nations. What do you make of that one?
     
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