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I reinstalled SFC2 last night in a fit of utter boredom and insanity caused by about 30 straight hours of writing and manual probability math. (Don’t ask.) I had forgotten how fun it was to play even in single skirmish, how clean it looks, and how difficult it can be. Then I remembered how boring it is to wait for minutes to get to the objective, how bizarrely unbalanced the story missions in the campaign game are, and how much of a memory leaker it is.

Then I read the Taldren forums, and I remembered how dull people can be. Here are two responses to what’s happening now in that Mecca of mindlessness.

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This story was written as a tournament report for Max Longstreet’s Mage Knight clan’s private site. Since about 15 people will ever see it there, 10 of whom will think it’s a serious report, I am reprinting it here so that another 4 people can see it.

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Fantasy steampunk CRPG by the guys who got sick of working for Black Isle after the Fallout series.

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(Note 3/25/09) An old rant I wrote while frothing at the insane imbalances and labor waste of an unregulated large scale economy, something people typically do when at the losing end of it.  Of course, slightly after this inflammatory lefty diatribe, I learned from Peter Strait via email that Buckminster Fuller had already solved this proof in a plausible fashion in Design-Science Revolution, so I could have just read that.  This rant goes up in keeping of my "live with the infamy" philosophy.

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I have no idea why gaming sites post things about real world events that do not directly affect gameplay. I furthermore have no idea why someone would choose to come to a gaming site for informed and useful commentary on disasterous events on the scale of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade center and the Pentagon. This is what CNN and the like are for, right? Therefore, it confuses me a lot when in addition to the usual emails I get on an almost-daily basis advising me to "UPDATE YOUR SITE DAMNIT," I also get inquiries about why I haven’t posted anything about the attacks. What the hell? Sure I have an opinion, as I suspect most of the world does at this time. What does that have to do with my site?

Then I realized that it’s not a gaming site anyway… it’s just a site I dribble little bits of useless stuff on from time to time as I feel like it. Considering the utter uselessness of information available at the mainstream gaming sites, and the utter stupidity of the crap going on at sites like AO-Basher, I am far from monopolizing the world of useless dribbling. So fine.

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"Yes sir… Captain."

Mu sighed. Wasn’t it bad enough that he was being shot at every day? His yeoman’s barely-detectable sneer at the mention of his rank was an all-too common phenomenon on his bridge. Not that he could really do anything about it, out of a general concern for crew unity and functionality, not to mention that it was never quite derisive enough to earn a reprimand. Not that he really needed reason; a Captain could theoretically throw anyone he wanted to in the brig for any reason at all. The reality of the situation was that a Captain who was overly zealous in his prosecution of discipline would most likely be reassigned to the rear, where his rank and standing wouldn’t mean as much as he issued orders to his secretaries and manned the helm of a computer terminal. Worst of all, reassignment to a desk position would most likely land him in San Francisco, Fleet HQ complex, and most likely under the direct supervision of Vice Admiral Shi Whendi, his wife.

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Ever have one of those days? BBJones’ vision for Canada West was a good one, a worthy successor to ArticFires. It should be noted that ArticFires self-destructed because the galactic war server software was far too sucky to handle anything on the scale of, you know, galactic war. Canada West adds variable victory conditions and the like to the mix. Now not only is the server software too horrible to support what’s needed, but you are relying on players to be smart enough to (a) understand the nuances and the bugs in the game and act accordingly, and (b) play for the victory conditions. In short, you need players who can read and understand rules, browse forums, and do the right thing. Stop laughing. Did I mention Canada West is an open, everyone welcome server? I said stop laughing.

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You know, there are just too many things in my life that demand attention right now… new puppy, planning a trip, trying to find out how much my badly written traffic ticket is going to cost without strangling a court clerk… to spend any significant time at all on running for office. When the office being contested is a nonelected position in charge of a bunch of people who are only peripherally aware of the concept of "message boards," daytime soap opera viewing rises above these lofty political ambitions.

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