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I just realized that I've never done an intro post here!

👋 I'm Marc (he/them) and I'm mostly here for ttrpg stuff. I've played RPGs since 1983 or so, and been designing since slightly before that. :D Been a computer guy for about as long, but I'd love to ditch that and go make stuff with my hands instead.

I teach programming at a bootcamp, and I have opinions about that. I've done a ton of stuff on stage in the last decade or two, but not much lately.

I'm an open book, AMA any time, always.

Today I learned that "turtle" in Dutch is "schildpad", which literally translates to "shield toad", which totally sounds like a 1e D&D monster.

I know it's a tiny, insignificant thing, but I filled out a checklist for a project I'll be working on yesterday and wrote "a little bit queer" in one of the identity sections, and gasp I think that's the first time I've actually said that out loud. Only took 50+ years.

Super easy. One consultation and a half-hour ish procedure under local. A little bit of weird tugging inside, but the operation itself was totally smooth. About a week of advil and *very* gentle driving and sitting around, more uncomfortable than painful. Insurance didn't cover it, so it was like three hundred bucks. Totally recommend.

RT @notquitereal
sharing everest's image scrubber tool again - absolutely invaluable for removing identifying information and metadata from photographs taken at protests everestpipkin.github.io/image-

RT @gabby_frost
do NOT donate to politicians asking for money because of roe v wade being overturned right now. donate it to abortion funds instead!!!

I'm pretty good at relaxing, but really bad at resting.

[Biblically-accurate angel sending a work e-mail]

Hey there! If it's not too much trouble, I was wondering if it would be possible for you to be not afraid. No worries if not!

Every new social space comes with its own set of anxieties, justified or not, for folks with RSD or divergence in that neighborhood. Personally, I tend to overthink many kinds of small, totally normal kinds of interactions (especially those encouraged by the medium), worrying that a stray like or follow will set off another terrible cascade of badness. Best thing for it, though, is just continuing to try to be as good and kind as possible, and hope for clarity and honesty from others. So tiring.

Best RPG advice I've seen in forever (from @JasonT on birdiesite)

Tech enthusiast: "I want smart lights, smart tv, everything, and connect them all to my digital assisstant!"

Tech worker: *looks wistfully into distance* "I should get a small place in a little town, with a garden, make my own furniture."

One of my favorite things to do is teach kids to draw. Sometimes it matters to them as a trade later or whatever, but most often drawing is a process of deliberate looking, meditative seeing where you allow yourself to be surprised by what's right in front of you.

If you think you "can't draw", you've been fooled by Capitalism into asking the wrong question.

The question isn't "Can you draw?"

It's "Did you draw?"

patreon.com/PunkPedagogy

It's weird for me—context, I have aphantasia, so I don't see images in my mind. But I do somehow have really good spatial/directional awareness, which makes navigation (physically or mentally) almost a somatic experience.

Same with systems design, for me! While I can't literally "see" what a session would look like, I get this visceral "system-as-machine" feel for how all the parts might work together, so I"m able to get a good first draft/sketch laid out before testing it with real players.

I have been letting perfect be the enemy of my good for the bulk of this month, and I gotta cut that shit out.

This is Feesh. I created Feesh during a trauma counseling session I facilitated.

Feesh is here to remind you that you don't have to be "good" at art to make art.

I just realized that I've never done an intro post here!

👋 I'm Marc (he/them) and I'm mostly here for ttrpg stuff. I've played RPGs since 1983 or so, and been designing since slightly before that. :D Been a computer guy for about as long, but I'd love to ditch that and go make stuff with my hands instead.

I teach programming at a bootcamp, and I have opinions about that. I've done a ton of stuff on stage in the last decade or two, but not much lately.

I'm an open book, AMA any time, always.

@epidiah Would you be willing to talk a little bit about the gears and levers that make your Vast and Starlit animations go? I'm endlessly fascinated by that sort of generative art stuff.

(Or, dang, is the code available to peek at somewhere?)

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