A game to make an angel weep?
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Preliminary KApcon game thoughts. Not really spoilers......Collapse )

Still Waiting For the Crazy Pink Elephant
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Wonderful cartoon that made me (briefly) imagine I understood quantum physics, and really captures the excitement of being a Research Scientist on the brink of great discoveries... Sorry if you follow me other places. Sometimes I love something so much I have to share it EVERYWHERE!



china_shop this will make you happy <3

This is James
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Christmas letter to boys' far away family, part 2Collapse )

This IsThomas
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Christmas letter to boys' far away family, partt 1Collapse )

Election '11: Doing Something
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Because mr_orgue has spoken :)... My party vote will be for the Greens. For a long time I was pretty contemptuous of them because of the strong anti-GE and sometimes anti-technology stance of some of their most vocal members. However, they are the only party that has shown any real commitment to the environmental and social issues that matter to me. I am casting my vote in favour of a future where people and the environment are treated with respect and care, although I acknowledge that such a future is unlikely while the world is dominated by individualistic, capitalist ideologies.

In my electorate I will be voting for Iain Lees-Galloway, the Labour candidate, since he has been a reasonably innocuous MP and the Greens do not have a particularly strong presence in Palmy.

I am voting to keep MMP (+STV if we lose it) because proportional systems are fairer and more representative. If you have any doubts, have a play on this page which calculates the composition of Parliament (with polling results from past elections or results you input yourself) under each of the five electoral systems considered in the 2011 New Zealand referendum.

Edited: It has just been pointed out on FB that the modelling is done on percentages, so in 2008 the Maori party would still have've won 5 seats under FPP and United, Act and Progressive would've had one each. So the tool is a bit flawed, but still illustrates a point.
And edited again: They address this on their questions page " Why doesn't the Maori Party win more of the Maori seats under the alternative systems?

This is a similar problem to National's in 2002. Maori Party candidates won the electorate vote in 5 of the 7 Maori electorates, but the Labour Party won the party vote in all seven. This leaves it a little unclear what the voters would do if they had only one vote each, instead of two. We have chosen to stick with the same assumption we use in the general electorates: party support is distributed in the same manner as the 2008 party vote. The implication is that if the 2008 general election were re-run under a single-vote, single-seat-electorate-based system (i.e. FPP, PV, or the electorate-seat part of SM), the Labour Party would win all of the Maori seats. Under STV, the Maori Party gets 5 of the 12 Maori seats, and under SM it gets one of the 30 list seats. "


This link is also useful... Radio New Zealand asked the parties to explain their policies and plans if elected. Maori and ACT have not yet answered, and National declined to answer any of the questions, but there is quite a lot of useful info about the policies of the others.

My son in whom I am well pleased
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Mum: "These strawberries are God's special gift to you."

Tom: "No Grandma, strawberries grow in gardens." (in the delighted, incredulous tone of a child who is enjoying being teased)

Interconnected implicit incarnate living beings within the context of the lived world
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I love this so much that I am posting it everywhere!


Iain McGilchrist talks about brain hemispheres... The animation is fall-off-your-seat hilarious, and his language is beautiful! I think I shall be checking out more of his work after exams!

And where does this leave me?  "There is no way we can prove that rationality is a good way to look at the world. We intuit that is very helpful"...


Even if time is just a flicker of light and we all have to die alone
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Themes: Conflicting responsibilities; Choices and consequences; Isolation; Loss

I find it interesting, and a little worrying that White Rabbit has filled so fast. I wonder what people are expecting from the game and what it will deliver.

White Rabbit has had a long gestation... It's the game I started planning after my first Kapcon 4 years ago. If my writing happened in a logical way, this would have been my first Kapcon game.

White Rabbit is not 'So Cold in Alaska'. It is similar to Alaska in that it's a response to events in my own life, and to the wider social context that these stem from. Jess Lapin is a single mother. She loves her daughter. She is also a Starship Captain. That's not just a job, but a vocation. She loves that too... Maybe more than she loves her child. How's that going to work for her? How will other people react to it? If her two roles come into conflict (which is pretty much inevitable) how long can she juggle both? What compromises will she make and how will that affect her child, her crew, her mission, her society? I have absolutely no idea (well maybe a few ideas)... and that's what makes it interesting! Other characters will also face similar challenges, and hopefully most will have to make hard choices at some point in the end-game.

I've had some amused comment on the genres section of my blurb... People are (quite legitimately) wondering how well feel-good family space opera is going to fit with Black Comedy and Horror. In my head I have this beautiful, logical thing, and if I could draw you a 4-D diagram, you'd have it too and it would all make sense :-)

In essence, White Rabbit will be a game in 3 acts, with one genre predominating in each, though hopefully it will flow, and this discontinuity won't be apparent in game. I'll talk about the 2nd and 3rd stages in later posts, but for now...

Act 1. Feel Good Family Drama

This first phase will be strongly influenced by new generation Star Trek and be light-hearted in tone. but hopefully the characters will make choices that will set things up naturally (without too much external GM push) to cause problems in the next stage. I aim to use team-building/training techniques, cunningly disguised as plot, to get people laughing, chatting, working together in groups. Unlike a conventional horror game, I'll encourage people (especially those playing kids) to be silly, show off and do things that don't appear to follow the story arc. The rest of the game will build on this phase, and that childish behaviour may turn out to be critical to the survival of the Argent. Actions have consequences. Especially when you are isolated in a metal box in a hostile environment.

The whole game hinges on player buy-in at this stage. For the game to have the impact I hope for, it will be important that players identify with their characters and characters love each other... We'll need to build families, a community that cares and characters that have something to lose, because that means that they won't give in...

Alaska was inspired by a single song... White Rabbit has a few, but if there is one that encompasses the whole game, I think it will be this one.






Blurble blurble blurble
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Probably too long? Too clumsy? Let me know what you think :-) Still awaiting feedback from the other GM

White Rabbit

Admiral Kim: So she’s absolutely determined to remain in active service for the duration? Can’t be tempted with a choice teaching position at the Academy or a promotion? Can’t we just tell her that cosmic radiation will harm the baby?

Commodore Strassmann: She’s not a total idiot, just bloody-minded… Background radiation in the warren is lower than here on Earth. And ships are shielded for transit to the rabbithole. But yeah! She’s determined alright! And seems like she’s related to half the officers in Starfleet. I’ve had submissions from 4 Lieutenants, a Commodore, 3 Captains, an academy instructor, the Chief Engineer and Admiral Lapin herself. Aunts, cousins, brothers… Like bloody rabbits, these Lapins!

Admiral Kim: Let her try, then. We’ve been debating this for too long and lost too many good people. Kids have been growing up for decades on freight ships and liners. Though I’d have preferred a restriction on babies and toddlers. They’re a menace even on passenger flights. Shall we dredge up other recent requests and put together a crew. A courier, I think. Give her the speed and responsibility she’s used to, but in charted tunnels. A Scout is no place for children

Captain Jess Lapin: Hero of the Scout Corps; Discoverer of 3 habitable systems; Rescuer of the Passenger Liner Nomad with 2000 colonists aboard, Charter of 47 tunnels and star systems; Mother.

Join Captain Lapin, her 3 month old daughter Bronwyn and the crew of the fast courier Argent with their families, as they depart on their maiden voyage into the warren, the dark tunnels that link remote star systems and galaxies.

Themes: Conflicting responsibilities; Choices and consequences; Isolation; Loss
Genres: Feel-good family space opera; Black Comedy; Horror
System: Yet to be determined

The Galaxy Next Door
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"It's really hard to explain. It's like The Wood Between the World... A slow, sleepy, in-between place with tunnels opening into scattered star systems. Some are dark and empty, the star is burnt out, it's hard to tell if anyone was ever there. Some are filled with abandoned artefacts, relics of something... someone. And some are bright and filled with possibility. We could build new homes out there. There's no-one out there any more... at least, not that we've seen.

Or it's like a rabbit  warren... a vast subterannean space with tunnels running back and forth, over and under,  popping up in surprising places.There seems to be no logic to the arrangement. Adjacent star systems can be separated by several tunnels. The navigational instruments don't work properly, so we have to deploy beacons and follow them back like a trail of scattered pebbles... or maybe crumbs. God help us if the beacons ever failed!"

Capt. Roger Lapin. Calliope 5 Mission Commander. 14th July 2052.


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