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I've written something I want to share!

It's a 5-minute intro/demo for an IF called "Kite Day in Reign Country." I've been working on it with my 16-yo, following their vision.

The thing you should know about Fnimlings is, in Reign Country, the collective fears manifest. Fnimlings are just the sweetest little guys, but fear hunts them.

Check it out if you're interested:
lumpley.com/kiteday-demo.html

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In the next 20 minutes or so!

Designing games, live, on-stream, by the literal seat of my pants (because I will be sitting in pants).

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Hi everyone! I'm a Jewish game developer and science educator based in Brooklyn, currently Kickstarting a Passover storytelling game called Ma Nishtana. I love weird and whimsical art, personal and emotional stories, solo and two-player games, and ritual-based play. Find my work at gabriellerab.itch.io/

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Let's try a gaming opinion post, just to see how it flies here:

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If you permanently stop asking "Is this a roleplaying game?", declare that literally every game in which you roleplay at all, however tenously, is one, and then instead ask "What tradition(s) of roleplaying games is this part of?"...

You can then accept that House and Cops & Robbers are Roleplaying Games in the children's tradition. And so on.

And then: Things open up quite nicely.

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If you're coming from Twitter, you might not recognize the "post privacy" option.

Basically, each post you send on Mastodon can have 1 of 4 privacy settings: Public, Unlisted, Followers-only, or Direct.

Basically, Public goes far and wide, Followers-only is nice for more personal stuff (and can't be boosted -- retweeted), and Direct means it's like a Direct Message to any and all users you mention (tag) in your post.

Yesterday when signups spiked it was a surprise and it pointed out we were _way_ behind on rules and domain blocks.

dice.camp/about/more is now up to date with server rules and a decent set of server-level blocks.

Okay, all the accounts since I went to bed approved. Performance still seems within acceptable levels to me. We'll see how today goes and if we need to scale the resources.

Welcome everyone!

lol okay that took a solid 1+ seconds to post, may be time to look at paying up some more

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We've now reached the point where when I approved a batch of new accounts there's ofter more to approve when the page reloads…

I suspect we may hit scaling issues sometime soon and I will throw money at the problem, but I want to see how far we can scale on the current budget first. It's definitely slowed a bit, but not bad for me so far.

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One of the new folks here called it "The Muskodus" and yeah, sure.

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A couple of things I'd appreciate feedback on:

- Let me know if performance gets janky (long time for things to load/post, etc.) or other technical glitches. I can pay for more space/resources.

- I can't decide if I should stick with all new accounts following me by default. Could be a nice small-community thing, but also feels a bit unfair if we pick up too many ex-Twitterers (tho they can always unfollow me).

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If you're new to Mastodon, one thing to keep in mind is that there are several different feeds.

Your home feed is just the accounts you follow. That's probably what you'll use most of the time.

The local feed is everything happening on your server — this is a good place to find accounts to follow.

The federated feed is everything coming in from all of the accounts followed by people on your server. You'll probably won't want to stray into there often, or without some pretty good mutes.

Normally I approve accounts about 1/day… obviously trying to do more now, but there may be some delays as I do real world things from time to time.

I don't personally post much since that's where I'm at with social media, but I do find Mastodon to be a much better type of social media for me.

Even if I'm not posting I get all admin emails (as does @blinks) and keep up with the moderation queue. So enjoy!

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Okay, so, some useful things to know about this instance:

After previously losing an instance due to the pain of maintaining it I now just pay for someone else to keep the software running and updated. I pay for it from my RPG profits as a service to the community (and would keep paying if somehow my profits stopped coming in). So unless the hosting company folds this should be a stable long-term home.

Best justification so far: "Elon Musk probably doesn't own this."

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Dice.camp

A Mastodon server for RPG folks to hang out and talk. Not owned by a billionaire.