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@meandeef 1st thanks.

2nd :
> An independent research lab. Exploring new mediums of thought.
> Expanding the imaginative powers of the human species.

WTF does that mean and _why_ would they expect it to convince anyone to *apply* to join a beta of it?

If not for your shared pictures i'd have literally no clue what the !$#@ that service/app does.

One of my pLayers... not pRayers. 🤦‍♀️

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Another unexpected delivery today 🚚 📦

One of my prayers is a big fan and suggested she might be willing to run a game of this. Although she just started a new job so the possibility has been dramatically reduced

@meandeef what's "midjourney" ? having trouble googling it.

The Origin Spoilers 

That being said, I'm unsure how I feel about The Collectors. I don't think they add to the world, and they feel a bit cheesy and unsatisfying to me.

They're basically alien bad guys responsible for the event. They're capturing "metahumans" in an attempt to reverse their fuckup.

If I ran it i think i'd strip them from the setting entirely. Literally everything about them feels implausible and unsatisfying to me.

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I read The Origin (for ) by Bruce R. Cordell this weekend

If the blurb on the site sounds good, then buy it. It's really well done. My only note would be that the intro adventure at the end requires a GM who a) can track lots of little moving pieces b) has high confidence in their knowledge of Cypher System.

The adventure is good, well written, & appropriate for the setting, but the start could go badly for new GMs.

montecookgames.com/store/produ

I THINK (knowing a little bit about layout and font creation)... that one of those is actually filled circle and one is empty circle and this book just has TERRIBLE EDITING.

Of course, that doesn't help because _i don't know which is which_, and I really don't want to have to keep reading this until i can eventually derive the meaning like a linguist studying ancient languages without a translation.

I no longer care if this game is good. It can !@$# off for all i care.

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Logically i think i can derive now that cross hatched means ...tokens that might be filled in circle or empty circle, but i still don't know what either of those is, and i really shouldn't have to derive the meaning of the core symbology of the game.

note that "Z" and "b" which were claimed to denote success and complications HAVE NOT BEEN USED SINCE MENTIONING!!!

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the next page goes into detail about "tests". This paragraph relies highly on the 3 symbols, which still haven't been defined, aren't defined here, and result in a description of the core mechanic which is totally effing useless. I add a number of filled in circles that correspond to my hero's traits.... BUT WHAT ARE FILLED IN CIRCLES?!? and then i draw a number of.... of what? wtf are cross hatched circles and how do i draw just those?!

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omg it got worse.
Next page was the glossary. Cool. a glossary up front.

Oh look. It uses 3 new visual symbols THAT ARE NOT DEFINED!!!

note that the last thing said it used "TWO different colors" and now we've got 3 different icons which i can only guess are supposed to be the TWO colors. Why are there THREE?!?!

Why does it say i draw cross-hatched circles from the bag in "Test" and then in "Success" it says i drew empty circles from the bag?!

WHY DO THE AUTHORS HATE PEOPLE?!

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also note that "tokens" "complication" and "success" are supposed to be visually significant, and distinguished by a different color and different font, except it's a very similar color and the font isn't radically different looking either.

arrgh.

a) this isn't rocket science
b) essentially everyone's eyes start failing eventually. Do you not want to be able to read your own crap as you age? Do people who need glasses not matter?

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Wait. What?!?!

How to confuse new players:

Step 1. Choose completely unrelated symbols/ to represent a concept.
Step 2. Use inconsistent typography amongst those symbols. Upper and lower case in this case so that they're harder to recognize visually.

W. T. F. ?

For bonus points the core mechanic is completely unusable by the blind, & potentially unusable by colorblind folks. 🤦‍♀️

TIL they made a game based on the CHEW comic using FitD rules. It sounds like you play FDA agents trying to crack down on illegal chicken smuggling (makes sense if you're familiar with CHEW). Not clear if everyone gets special powers or not.

Sounds like ridiculous fun. Very tempted to pre-order.

imagininggames.com/

There's an overview video on the linked pre-order page.

Side note: the comic book's very entertaining.

@andrlik I read volume one after backing the Kickstarter. It’s amazing.

It’s also so emotionally powerful that I’m not sure i want to read more. Like incredible movies that leave you devastated emotionally. I’m asking myself, do i really want to experience that?

@restlesshead thanks for taking the time to drop some learning on me 😀

@restlesshead re Terrinoth, (which I never heard of prior to Genesys): seems like it was board game, then books, then setting? Is that right?

Re “shadow of the beanstalk “ name just because it doesn’t sound very cyberpunk or…?

@restlesshead that’s sad. Thanks for the info. Any idea what EDGE studio’s plans for Genesys are? Seems like they’re just selling the existing stuff digitally until people stop caring.

🤔 Am i wrong here? Did Fantasy Flight Games literally make 1 small adventure for each of its Genesys settings?

1st the system uses "weird" dice (a harder sell)
2nd they release an anemic core book.
3rd they release what's essentially the 2nd half of that book 2 YEARS LATER.
Then they foist content creation off onto the community?!

W.T.F. ?!
No wonder the system didn't get popular.

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