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David J Prokopetz

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prokopetz·3 hours agoVideo

You know, given a. the current popular resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons, and b. the fact that Record of Lodoss War is one of the first mainstream animated serials to be explicitly based on its creator’s D&D campaign, it’s not 100% surprising that the franchise would be revived in some form – but I’ve gotta admit that a retro Metroidvania is not the form I would have predicted.

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prokopetz·14 hours agoText

The whole gaslighting discourse always throws me because on the one hand, some people totally will lie to your face about past interactions in order to mess with you; but on the other hand, we’re perfectly capable of messing with our recollections all on our own, and as a social anxiety sufferer I’m acutely aware there’s a lot of stuff I clearly “recall” about past interactions that, in the balance of consideration, could not possibly have gone down the way I remember it.

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prokopetz·18 hours agoText

“Impressive, isn’t it?”

“Indeed it is. Shut it down immediately.”

“… what?”

“Come now, it can hardly have escaped your notice that your radiation shielding is wholly inadequate. You’ve probably exposed the buildings next door to all manner of exotic particles by now.”

“Now hold up – you’re giving me a hard time about safety protocols? Didn’t you always teach us that concern for safety is for the small-minded?”

“Concern for one’s own safety, yes. To wager one’s own life in the pursuit of deviant science is admirable, and to risk one’s willing colleagues is acceptable, but to place unwitting bystanders in peril of life and limb? No – in the laboratory, as in the bedroom, informed consent is paramount!”

“Okay, I didn’t need that mental image.”

“And your next-door neighbours didn’t need to be mutated into sapient protoplasm. You’re lucky I got here before anything serious happened.”

“… yeah, about that.”

“About what?”

“Well…”

“Out with it – did you mutate your neighbours, young lady?”

“Yes ma’am.”

“Well. You’d better get a move on, then – if you don’t have them cured smartly, we may both be in for a visit from the ethics committee!“

“I didn’t know we had an ethics committee.“

“Most people don’t hear from them twice.”

“Um.”

“Quite.”

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prokopetz·19 hours agoText

prokopetz:

I think the big reason I tend to prefer all-girl action teams in movies is that when it’s a bunch of dudes, the writers seem to feel obligated to depict them as a fractious pack of hyper-competitive meatheads who’d just as soon kill each other on the spot were it not for the fact that they’re temporarily allied against a common enemy. It feels like action heroes are only allowed to actually like each other when the team is at least mostly ladies.

(To anticipate the inevitable “just admit you like tiddies” rejoinder: I’m bisexual, my dudes. I do like tiddies, but the gender of the tiddies in question does not greatly concern me – I’d just like it even better if their owners weren’t perpetually getting them all in a twist!)

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prokopetz·19 hours agoText

I think the big reason I tend to prefer all-girl action teams in movies is that when it’s a bunch of dudes, the writers seem to feel obligated to depict them as a fractious pack of hyper-competitive meatheads who’d just as soon kill each other on the spot were it not for the fact that they’re temporarily allied against a common enemy. It feels like action heroes are only allowed to actually like each other when the team is at least mostly ladies.

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prokopetz·a day agoText

gmbbulldog:

prokopetz:

Category tags that the SCP wiki doesn’t have, but should:

  • Rejected Dungeons & Dragons familiars
  • Abuse of the word “quantum”
  • That shouldn’t fit there
  • Clinically depressed furniture
  • Regular things but in space
  • Three thousand word setup for a one sentence joke
  • Articles where the term “Abrahamic religions” doesn’t mean what the author thinks it means
  • Racists from another dimension
  • Carnivorous fursuits
  • SCP objects voiced by Patrick Warburton

Could you provide examples of SCP objects voiced by Patrick Warburton? Not because I doubt their existence, but because I have not seen them and am excited by the concept.

A representative sampling:
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prokopetz·a day agoText

Every time I post a quirky anecdote about my cats, at least one person tags their reblog “#draco malfoy”, and every time, I a. really hope they’re talking about a cat named that, and b. know they’re probably not.

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prokopetz·a day agoText

Category tags that the SCP wiki doesn’t have, but should:

  • Rejected Dungeons & Dragons familiars
  • Abuse of the word “quantum”
  • That shouldn’t fit there
  • Clinically depressed furniture
  • Regular things but in space
  • Three thousand word setup for a one sentence joke
  • Articles where the term “Abrahamic religions” doesn’t mean what the author thinks it means
  • Racists from another dimension
  • Carnivorous fursuits
  • SCP objects voiced by Patrick Warburton
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prokopetz·a day agoText

I know I came up with “HGTV AU” as a throwaway justification for a shitpost making fun of the naming conventions in The Witcher, but now I’m weirdly invested in the idea, and horribly disappointed to discover that there are only six ‘fics on AO3 that use it as a tag.

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prokopetz·a day agoText

prokopetz:

Me: *picks up cat and squeezes her*

Cat: Argh, unhand me, villain!

Me: *puts cat down*

Cat:

Cat: Why did you stop?

@ajhasaplan replied:

perhaps you are misinterpreting the signals your cat is sending?

No, that’s just my cat. She loves to be picked up, but hates to be held (or physically restrained in any way, really); in practice, this means I can pick her up when she asks, but I have to find a place to set her down within two seconds or she starts to squirm and fuss.

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prokopetz·a day agoText

We all talk big about challenging entrenched power structures, but put one concept album on shuffle and everybody loses their minds.

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prokopetz·2 days agoText

Me: *picks up cat and squeezes her*

Cat: Argh, unhand me, villain!

Me: *puts cat down*

Cat:

Cat: Why did you stop?

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prokopetz·2 days agoText

Speed Racer is the perfect film because on the one hand, the plot is literally incomprehensible unless you understand the intricacies of insider trading, but on the other hand, there’s a two-minute gag about a ninja’s pants falling down.

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prokopetz·2 days agoAnswer
I know you do TTRPG recommendations sometimes and I actually thought of one I could ask for from you. I'm interested in running a short vampire PC game in a light-hearted style like the movie/show What We Do in the Shadows, but I only have experience with Pathfinder and D&D 5e. Would it be better to homebrew based on the rulesets I know? Or is there another TTRPG that could actually fit that better? I could give more detail about how I'd run it if it helps.

Depends – you could go in a lot of directions with the brief of “vampire comedy one-shot”. The common factor is that very few of those directions would be well suited for Pathfinder; you ideally want a system where the rules have something to say about your game’s premise, and Pathfinder is notably light on mechanics that directly address apartment life, vampiric or otherwise.

Supposing, for example, that you’re thinking of something that’s goofy but not terribly mean-spirited, you could have a look at Rose Bailey’s Die For You. It’s focused on the right sort of premise and very easy to pick up; the drawbacks are that it might skew a little more “coffee shop AU” than you’d like (there are no mechanics for, say, casual murder), and it tends to assume that player characters are fairly youngish.

On the other hand, if you’re more in the mood for something where the player characters are just objectively awful people and don’t mind doing a bit of homebrewing, you might have a look at Skulduggery. The temptation mechanics make for a particularly fun way to model the vampiric condition, and it has just enough crunch to be interesting; you’d have to write your own playset, though, and the rules have some assumptions about comedic pacing baked into them that aren’t 100% on point for emulating WWDitS.

Or if you’re going the TV show route in particular and want to run a game where the player characters are basically just bags full of weird stereotypes and not-terribly-useful vampire powers, you could give Risus a shot. I mean, it’s free, so it’s not like you’ve got anything to lose by checking it out!

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prokopetz·2 days agoText

cipheramnesia:

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The mild adventures of Jennifer and Gerald.

(Their buddy Julian can come too.)

Note: this is absolutely an HGTV AU.

Today on House Hunters, this throuple is looking for a place where she can have her studio, but he needs a basement rec room, while *he* needs his own music studio. Will they be able to find something in their budget of 2.5k with a reasonable commute? 

Jenn, talking to the camera: “This place just has amazing light and energy-”

Julian, shouting, camera swings up to a balcony stairway: “HEY JEN, I BET I CAN JUMP FROM HERE, DO YOU DARE ME?!”

Camera pans back to Jenn, her face frozen in a smile, “It. Will. Be Perfect. As. Long. As. No. One. Does. Anything. Stupid.”

[in the background, we see Gerald with a knife at the realtor’s throat]

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prokopetz·2 days agoText

I love it when people draw fanart with a little square or circular base of cutaway terrain, because it makes the piece look like a miniature figure, and it’s kind of fascinating to try and figure out what conceivable tabletop RPG scenario would require a minifig depicting that.

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