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I just found my copy of "On the Ecology of the Mud Dragon," by @benlehman.
"You all play Mud Dragons, up to hijinks such as: stealing
candy from children, fighting over shiny glass beads,
having a farting contest, trying to capture a princess, or
building a flying machine." It's been far too long since I played this game! It's a good last-day-of-a-con game, for tired people (or dragons) who aren't quite ready to go home yet.
I wrote a fairly technical thing expounding on why players might choose to operate with different subsystems, mostly thought experiment https://plus.google.com/+BenLehman/posts/NNT4FweRHQ8
I wrote a thing on google plus about power level incoherency, Ravenloft, and what makes D&Ds before third edition very enjoyable for me: https://plus.google.com/+BenLehman/posts/3P75PnofMFK
Hey all, here's a link to my newly released collection of games, Let Me Take A Selfie - all games that use selfies to play! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/229540
Please share widely!
Are westerns, done well, amazing? Sure. But "done well" means a confession of ongoing brutal violence that very few people are willing to think about, let alone understand.
What a good western asks from its audience is, fundamental, something they are not willing to even entertain the idea of. A good western preaches its congregation down to zero.
Let me reiterate @lumpley on two points.
#venning is hard, have a spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qMGhAt4y7kaL79GzGlXG6iag4ftnLCE2u7sLK-FCaTg/edit#gid=0
@benlehman importing real-world oppressions without examining them bugs me. If I'm going to have to do extra work to swallow sexism in a game setting then we'd better put it out on the table and have everybody do the work to justify its inclusion.
@benlehman I care nearly-naught for plausiblity in itself; what matters to me is player buy-in. So to the extent that other players at my table care, it matters, but I don't think I have specific peeves in that category.
I love it when someone makes up thoroughly inexplicable setting details and the other players go, "oooh, *yes*."
My games are here: tao-games.com
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