I know how you feel, Dean.

The laughter of the world is merely loneliness pathetically trying to reassure itself.

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What Exactly is going on in Tokyo Right Now?


Ok kids, listen up. I’m about to explain to you, to the best of my ability, why there are 40,000 people protesting in Tokyo’s Nagata-cho as I type this, why it matters, and why you should be talking about it, too.


What Started This Protest?

The short answer —> Japan’s Prime Minister…

Rant: Why People Don’t Play RPGs | Call of Catthulhu




Very fair analysis. I was lucky, in that my first DM was very accommodating and helped me figure out what I wanted to play. The best way to do that, is by making character creation a conversation. 

It’s sad that other groups aren’t so welcoming. Wish I could find a new one local to me, but even Meetup is pretty insular.

As the main organize for a Meetup group, would you mind explaining what you mean by “insular?”  I really, really, really want me group to be a welcoming, non-threatening place for gamers, and I would really value your insight into what we might be doing wrong.

The article I think makes a fair point, but it’s something I already try really hard to fight against.  It’s one of the reason why I push narrative-focused games like FATE or more straightforward rulesets like Savage Worlds for our “intro” events, but it seems like most people want/expect to play D&D or some form of d20, with the its dependence on lots of math to do anything.  How can I lower the bar for new people to get interested?

A must read for anyone introducing new players to a a game



A bee can become drunk from fermented nectar and other bees will punish it by chewing off its legs.

"Hey, Pete is drunk again lets chew his legs off"

this doesnt apply just to bees you can do this in the real world too


It’s 4:30 AM and I need you all to look at this


The Garden of Death - Hugo Simberg


Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit, all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.


Dice Shaming

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.


One of my favorite things to see is random people trying to interact with unfamiliar outdoor cats. Just standing there with a hand out, making kissy noises, maybe meowing at the cat while it ignores them. Mankind at its best and least dignified