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I’m not sure which cat (we have two).


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"Coincidentally, my first lesson will be the same as all my other lessons. Now, repeat after me: Qui fugiebat rursus fugiet - or, in modern terms: He who fights and runs away, lives to flee another day.”

Wow, now I feel super-excited about the idea of a Discworld/Harry Potter crossover fanfic where Rincewind teaches the ill-fated DADA class. Heck, he’s so used to winding up in impossibly difficult situations and somehow surviving, he might actually become the first person to survive long enough to teach the class two years in a row (if it weren’t for the fact that he’d probably have fled Hogwarts long before then).

The other school staff might also have something to say about his insistence on referring to his new place of employment as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizzardry. (Possibly even Wizzzardry.)

Considering some of the stuff that happens at Hogwards, there are some times when I can totally see Rincewind being the voice of reason.

  • "A magical diary, eh? Better destroy it just to be sure."
  • "Ah, well, apparently Sirius Black is innocent and your rat is guilty and that’s quite surprising but did you know that London is lovely this time of year?"
  • "Excuse me Minister, but do we really have to have a Triwizard Tournament? Even though it’s obviously been tampered with? Ah. Well. I just need to check on my… luggage.”
  • "Yes, you can go to the Ministry of Magic if you really want, if you’re fine with being the Boy Who Lived, past tense, rather than the Boy Who Kept On Living To A Ripe Old Age. Not as exciting, but infinitely preferable I assure you!”
  • "Headmaster Umbridge, I regret to inform you that I must resign from my position as Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts. Do not look for me. —R"

(via littlebumbletea)

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Anonymous asked: i had a dream about magical girls that had super strength/agility, but instead of wearing a special outfit they would shed their skin and turn into a skeleton.

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George R.R. Martin


George R.R. Martin goes up to the counter and orders a series of incredibly complicated drinks, each more detailed and layered than the last. The barista works for an hour and finally hands them across the counter to Martin, who promptly throws one of them away with little to no explanation. That coffee had been the barista’s favorite.

He then says, “I bet you’d like to know what happens next, right?” and without waiting for an answer abruptly starts a new chapter at the sandwich shop on the other side of town. He lovingly describes each sandwich as well as the girl serving them in detail, and doesn’t come back to the cafe for another 120 pages.

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Playing Primetime Adventures is what made me a better storyteller for Tisquantum, so I owe a lot to this game.

TV shows I’ve made with PTA:

  • 1930s Shanghai martial arts + night club shenanigans.  Starring Chinese Marius and very suave gangsters.
  • Let’s Pretend the Star Wars Prequels Didn’t Happen and make our own, where the Jedi is more of an ad hoc mystical order and the clone wars were about cloning ethics.
  • 1980s style mecha space opera. Russia vs. US!  Uber-weird aliens!  Mecha that combine into a shuriken!  Getting thrown in the brig 3 times per episode!  (Green pilot was Sikh, Orange was Brazilian, and purple was Japanese)
  • Space station as seedy gas station + strip mall
  • Superheroes and supervillains are roommates and don’t know it.  They have trouble paying rent.
  • Firefly but with Actual Asians.  Starring Space Taiwan and Chinese Edward Snowden.
  • Magical girl is now starting college and still stuck with the same magic charm bracelet and cute animal companion from when she was 10.  It’s all Horribly Embarrassing.

Seriously though — it’s easy to set up, lots of fun, and I’m always amazed at the awesome stories that come out of 2 hours.  (Much easier than writing fic or drawing comics.)

(Full disclosure: we play Primetime Adventures 2, which we like more than version 3.)


I’ve probably played more PTA at this point than any other role-playing game. I was the producer for the 1980s mecha space opera game, I was “Chinese Marius” in the Shanghai game, I was a wookie Jedi in the Star Wars game, and I was supporting characters in the rest of these.

There was also the first campaign I played, where me and Rockitcat were agents for a Men-In-Black style organization trying to stop an alien invasion while keeping the existence of alien technology covered up… man, that was a great game.

Seems like almost every game I’ve been a part of has turned into some kind of sci-fi — hmmm, go figure, it’s like that’s my favorite genre.  A great thing about PTA is that whoever you play it with, you get a story that’s a combination of all those people’s favorite type of shows. The result is usually something that makes you say “Wow, I wish this show was real, I would totally watch it”.

summercomfort's introduction here is great. It's fun for me to see her take on PTA since I came to it from a background of decades of GURPS, D&D, World of Darkness, Rifts, homebrew systems (and many failed attempts at playing all of the above) while she came to it without having role-played barely at all. I think it's actually easier to teach PTA to people who have never role-played (“Just pretend you're a character on a TV show”) than to teach it to people who have done a lot of traditional role-playing. The latter have so much to unlearn. (“You mean I don't have to make a Forensics skill check every time I want to find a clue at a crime scene?”)

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There was a little back-and-forth this morning on Twitter about a question Gail Simone and Kelly Sue DeConnick were asked on a con panel, about how to write believable female characters. Deb Aoki wondered aloud (or a-tweet) whether male writers should be asked how to write believable male…

"Writing the other" is one of the most important things for a writer, but that’s the case for countless kinds of people, not just "women" (who aren’t anything like a monolith in the first place).

I think the big thing is just, you know, actually listening when people talk about their lives. It’s not like women or anyone else are keeping this stuff a secret.