A lover of words, in all their forms, retro video games, board games, card games—really games in general—and history.

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Cake day: June 9th, 2023


  • Yeah! So, the games can transition between each other pretty seamlessly. You can mix and match rules to your liking. The best way to describe it would be like imagining the barrier of entry from Pathfinder to D&D5E, but taken to a higher extreme.

    In Captain’s Log, there’s no equipment. No skills. The closest you get to anything like that is your character stats, which modify rolls accordingly. Your ship also has stats that can modify rolls. As for any conflict, the game uses a simple hit/fail system. Three strikes, you’re out type of thing. Ships are slightly more in depth, with their hit points being relates to their size, and systems getting damaged.

    This is very episodic. I could be running a game for months, have a random friend swing by and hop in for a while without missing a beat, and then go home without it mucking anything up. Each mission is divided into scenes, just like an episode of the TV shows.

    It’s much more focused on the drama of character development, building and challenging your values, and growing as a person.

  • I think this is pretty good as a concept. I love modernist takes on classic poetry, but, that said, there could be some improvement here.

    Part of what is appealing about “adjusting” classic poetry is shoehorning in a new meaning between the lines of the old. I notice some … let’s call them “distractions” … away from the iambic pentameter of the classic work. I fully realize that it may be on purpose, but given the work you’re referencing, it does more of a disservice than a service. It starts with your second stanza and, while it isn’t every line, really makes itself known from there forwards.

    While overall enjoyable, I think focusing more on fitting the form of what you’re satirizing would make the whole thing more effective as a whole.

  • What an interesting question! I think it depends a lot on how we define “favorite,” so I’m going to be roundabout.

    My formative poets:

    • W. B. Yeats
    • Edgar Allan Poe
    • T. S. Eliot
    • Robert Frost

    My favorite reads:

    • e.e. Cummings
    • T. S. Eliot
    • Charles Bukowski
    • Longfellow

    I won’t endeavor to create a comprehensive list for those that I enjoy—it would be inexhaustible—but if anyone is interested, I can provide recommendations. Lol.

    Thanks for the question! It’s interesting to think about.

  • As with all things Trek, SNW has its detractors and its promoters, but I find it highly enjoyable. It isn’t quite classic Trek—and it isn’t perfect—but it’s just so much fun. It’s the first live action show where the love for the universe shines through the bleak empty promotional garbage.

    I’ve loved the character development. There have been episodes that changed my mind about certain people, gave me real horror vibes that could rival Alien itself, and some heartbreaking moments. Just don’t expect Kirk to feel like Kirk yet. He’s still developing, and so is the actor, but it shows promise.

  • Scaldart@lemmy.worldtoRisa@startrek.websiteFarewell Janeway
    1 year ago

    This gave me a good chuckle. Lol. But I’m part of the problem. The only “new Trek” that I look forward to and enjoy anymore is LD and SNW, but I still think it’s absurd to pull Prodigy from Paramount+ when they have all other Trek.

    I wasn’t especially a fan of Prodigy, but I know people who were. And, let’s be honest, it’s still better than Disco or Picard.

  • That is an interesting opinion contrary to my own.

    Perhaps my earlier comment on this post was a bit harsh. I guess it would be more accurate to say that the move by Beehaw doesn’t jive with my idea of federation. To call it out as not in the spirit of the fediverse is wrong.

    That said, I still stand by the sentiment that their response to the recent surge is a bit haphazard. I’m still over being proselytized to by internet ideologues (which stinks of more of the community top-down control I’m trying to avoid via my r/efugee status), so I won’t be joining them, but I did enjoy most of their content that stumbled it’s way into my feed, and the general userbase has been phenomenal to interact with. Perhaps it is federation working as intended, after all.

    Thanks for sharing that post! I doubt I would have thought of it that way otherwise.

  • The admins of Beehaw have been on one since its inception. Not that I mean to shit-talk them at all—I have a great degree of respect for what they are trying to accomplish, and the community springing up around them seems to be largely positive. But, that said, one of the reasons I chose not to register there were the constant tirades. This is just another one of those. They’re attempting very hardly to curate something that doesn’t, in my opinion, really jive with the idea of federation.

    As an extension, it seems like Beehaw would be much better suited to becoming its own web forum rather than a part of Lemmy. Now, again, that’s not to say they can’t exist successfully on Lemmy, but whether it is one instance or another, it will be a game of whack-a-mole with bad actors, even if they end up pursuing a white-list approach. That’s just the nature of something like this. You have to have the core community, yes, but you need enough instance mods and admins to handle it, too.

    Hopefully they’ll get it all figured out and swing back around. But, as with anything, we shall see.