2Bits, or not 2 Bits?

2Bits, or not 2 Bits?

I don't spend as much time on computer games as I used to, not counting time playing head to head boardgames over Vassal/etc., but every once in a while manage to get distracted or spend some time on a 1st person shooter, third person shoot and slash, strategy or wargame, pr straight up arcade game. Then there's the genre of sandbox/physics/etc. games like Rimworld, Factorio, etc., that end up requiring you to think in systems and logistics. I've got a love-hate relationship with games - more accurately puzzles - from Tomorrow Corporation. From a mechanics and UI…

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A Significant Difference

A Significant Difference

Stumbled into this comment recently made by Alexander Macris, creator of ACKs, was asked to describe the difference between ACKS and 5e: 5E vs. ACKS: 5E offers your character more abilities in a game, ACKS offers your character more power in a world. 5E does not assume that there's a world that exists that follows the rules of 5E. ACKS assumes there is a world that exists that follows the rules of ACKS. The reason 5E's realms aren't overrun with a demographically-appropriate number of 20th level wizards with armies of dragons is that those wizards simply don't exist, and the…

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Reflections on Childhood

One of the things we do far too little of these days is let kids be kids.Yes, I know. We also simultaneously don't teach kids responsibility. They're not all that far apart though. In a very real sense, the former directly leads to the latter.Look at a playground these days. They've gotten a little more interesting of late, but singsets, tall slides, and "monkey bars" as well as large climbing frames and domes people my age knew well in elementary and middle school are just gone, along with diving boards.Can't have mommy sue because Suzy got hurt,…

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Squadron Strike: Traveller

Squadron Strike: Traveller

There are a number of different space warfare games. Some are purely strategic, like the Traveller-based Fifth Frontier War, or a mix, like the Starfire system used to inspire several of David Weber's non-Honor Harrington books. Others are very tactical. Take Star Fleet Battles, or Talon. Not many were realistic. Sure, SFB could get as insanely detailed as a game of Harpoon, but it was still warp drives and swooping spaceships. Very little captured the freedom of motion of fighters in Babylon 5, though several games like Mayday, (also Traveller-based) and Triplanetary (I reviewed it and covered navigation) tried to…

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Catch All and Catch Up

Catch All and Catch Up

A few odds and ends that don't wuite need a full writeup but I think are worthy of attention and a couple quick notes.First of all, Castalia House takes a quick look at Dwarf Fortress. I don't have much more experience with the game than they do, but have managed to arrive at a couple unpleasant fates for our poor delvers. I'll note that there's a total newb pack for Windows and MacOS that includes a launcher, a 3D viewer (Amorak Vision), alternate tilesets for the less ascii-inclined, and "Dwarf Therapist" to help you better allocate your dwarves based…

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Why That "SJW Stuff" Matters

Why That "SJW Stuff" Matters

OK. In parts 1 and 1.5 I covered an article on why the marketing signaling doesn't matter, and specifically took the article to task for how it looked at a marketing/attention-seeking only filter to both of their actions. Incidentally, this overview is well worth your time. As I noted, at least in the case of the comicsgate imprint, it wasn't about trademarks or copyright, it was about registration and infrastructure building, so there is of course a marketing/recognition aspect but it isn't the main point. And frankly, if you recall the set of Aydin Paladin vids I…

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Cepheus/Traveller : Hard Space

Cepheus/Traveller : Hard Space

Omer G Joel over at spacecockroach.blogspot.com has been posting about his new background for the Cepheus Engine (a kindof Traveller retroclone mostly compatible with Mongoose Traveller), and it sounds fun, especially the aspects that lend themselves to aliens/outland style horror. I’ll note that it’s not the only project to do “weird shit man was not meant to know in space” of the gritty variety, there’s also a project called “Hostile” From his latest posting on interstellar travel: Interstellar travel uses the Jump Drive. The jump drive is a complex contraption manipulating an Antediluvian artifact…

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