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 No.39546[Reply]

Anyone got recommendations for a left-wing TTRPG that's not whimsical gay coffeeshop shenanigans?
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 No.39600

>>39597
Too much trivia for where simple "i was wrong" would suffice. If we open almost any edition of the dnd and simply started counting lines of text, attributing it to different aspects of the game, it will be clear that everything else aside combat is an afterthought.

>I'm not talking about skill checks for searching and the like, but rules for how progressing through the dungeons works, the passage of time, and consumption of supplies. That aspect of the game was about resource management, and taking that risk to get more resources in the form of treasure.

Inventory management is not the same as exploration. The vast majority of people are not particulary interested in Excel simulators.
>which made the game less about the dungeon layout and more about the combat grid
A meaningless statement. 3e had more rules that could interact with dungeon layout than previous editions. It's just that playstyle has changed and people started to ignore those rules.

 No.39602

>>39587
>There's a lot more than that, but "war is bad" is still politics my dude.
There's a difference between the way politics and ideology bleeds into everything or many broad themes being political in a sense, and something being an intentional political screed or even some sort of secret propaganda.

>There's also a lot about rightful kings

Not really. Aragorn et al is more King Arthur than any kind of political monarchism. While Aragorn IS a direct descendant of Isildur, his place as the rightful king has more to do with him fulfilling a series of prophecies than because he's Aragorn son of Arathorn son of Arador son of Argonui son of Arathorn son of Arassuil son of Arahad son of Aravorn son of Aragost son of Arahad son of Araglas son of Aragorn son of Aravir son of Aranuir son of Arahael son of Aranarth son of Arvedui son of Araphant son of Araval son of Arveleg son of Arvegil son of Argeleb son of Araphor son of Arveleg son of Argeleb son of Malvegil son of Celebrindor son of Celepharn son of Mallor son of Beleg son of Amlaith son of Eärendur son of Elendur son of Valandur son of Tarondor son of Tarcil son of Arantar son of Eldacar son of Valandil son of Isildur and therefore had the right to be king.

In fact, Gondor was actually ambivalent about the House of Isildur's right to govern Gondor, since the House of Isildur ruled the fallen Kingdom of Arnor, not Gondor, which was ruled by the (now long extinct) House of Anarion.

What you miss here is that Tolkien was intentionally engaging in myth-making, and in doing so, he was heavily borrowing from myth and legend.

So, yes, while things like Christian morality plays a part in driving the story forward, the story is also a more or less direct reference to the Ring of Gyges, an old Greek myth about a shepherd who discovers a big crack in the ground after an earthquake and when he invesigates, find an elaborate tomb with the corpse of a giant man wearing a golden ring. The shepherd take the ring and either he or one of his decedents notices when fidgeting with the ring that when its put at a certain alignment, it gives the power of invisibility. This person, Gyges, then hatches a plot to use the power of the ring to become the king's messenger, seduce his wife and then assassinate him, becoming the kPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

 No.39605

>>39602
>What you miss here is that Tolkien was intentionally engaging in myth-making, and in doing so, he was heavily borrowing from myth and legend.
He was doing that while also intentionally being anti-war, pro-environment, anti-racist, etc. Neither one invalidates the other.

>>39600
>If we open almost any edition of the dnd and simply started counting lines of text, attributing it to different aspects of the game, it will be clear that everything else aside combat is an afterthought.
>Inventory management is not the same as exploration. The vast majority of people are not particulary interested in Excel simulators.
You are just ignoring the parts of the game you don't care for. A lot of people then and now are most interested in this aspect of the game, since it's what defines the Dungeons part of it. It's just as easy to handwave the combat mechanics in this manner. It is pretty boring to reduce a fight to the death to a point scoring system. Combat also used to be pretty simple, even if rules like THAC0 confused players. In order to say that those early editions were dominated by combat rules you'd have to count things like class description pages or spells for that.
>3e had more rules that could interact with dungeon layout than previous editions.
3e had many more rules in general. The proportion shifted towards combat. When later editions started paring down the rules, everything else started getting cut first.

 No.39607

>>39605
>In order to say that those early editions were dominated by combat rules you'd have to count things like class description pages or spells for that.

Also, monster stats and so on. Yes, those count. When most of the description of creatures is their combat stuff, saying that system wasn't focused on combat is blatantly stupid. Why shouldn't class rules count? It's what makes your characters distinct from one another and 80% of that is about combat.

DnD was ALWAYS about combat primarily. Rest of the stuff was an afterthought or even outright left to GM fiat.

>The proportion shifted towards combat.

Not really, if you want to cotinue saying that, you should actually start bringing some data. In fact if we take stuff like class abilities and so on, there were much more fo them that weren't about combat or at least had dual purpose (like bardic music). The game started to become more than home invasion simulator exactly at that point.

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>>39607
>DnD was ALWAYS about combat primarily.
>In fact if we take stuff like class abilities and so on, there were much more fo them that weren't about combat or at least had dual purpose (like bardic music). The game started to become more than home invasion simulator exactly at that point.
The way people played the game certainly has shifted away from this, but that's because it's started to lean more on free-form roleplay. That's not the same thing as having mechanical support for things other than combat. More to the point, it removes the game's infrastructure that makes the dungeon delving inherently challenging. Without any time or resource limits, there's no sense of urgency so the players can wander around as much as they want. The only source of tension becomes the combat, and the game leans more heavily on that. By 5e it's gotten to the point that players are incentivized to rest frequently because it resets their status to full for most things, and the system is built on the assumption that they'll go into every encounter fully refreshed.

>Also, monster stats and so on. Yes, those count. When most of the description of creatures is their combat stuff, saying that system wasn't focused on combat is blatantly stupid.

That's just circular reasoning. "The game is combat, so anything in the game is combat." Monsters stats were barebones because if you weren't fighting them they would behave similarly. By the way, random encounters weren't meant to always be combat. A lot of people just decided to play the game so it was always attack-on-sight. Here's a source that includes the reaction tables from early editions to illustrate the intent behind the design (picrel from 1e).
http://osrsimulacrum.blogspot.com/2020/09/across-editions-reaction-table.html
Even monsters were never just about combat, but I left them out because they skewed more towards combat than other parts of the rules like class features and spells. Some of those were combat related, but not all of them. It's silly to suggest spells like Knock, Rope Trick, Clairvoyance, Locate Object, etc fall under combat rules. The same goes for most class featuPost too long. Click here to view the full text.



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 No.33648[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Old thread (v1): https://leftypol.org/hobby/res/7136.html

The practice and principles of Permaculture are one of the most important tools for not only creating a sustainable socialism, but also for repairing the damage done to the global ecosystem by capitalism, and lessening your individual reliance on the current capitalist system.Permacultural practice and socialism are two very powerful allies, and learning about permaculture should be necessity for modern socialists and communists.
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 No.37676

in fact the flowers acted a trellis for the tomatoes!

 No.37677

>>37675
You could grow whatever combination of garlic and walking onions you want based on what you intend to produce and harvest.

 No.37705

New Andrewism about 3 major crops useful for alternative sustainable industry: kelp, bamboo, and hemp.

Remember - permaculture isn't just about growing food.

 No.37756

>>37673
>Jerusalem Artichokes
From my experience, they are really easy to grow. They are nice in a soup, maybe with a few potatoes and a bit of leek and then blend it all up with some cream. You can roast them in the oven as well.
But they spread very easily, and they'll keep coming back year after year unless you manage to dig up every last bit of the plant. Which can be a bit of a pain in the ass if you need the space for something else.

 No.39606

New Andrew Millison on the Great Green Wall



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 No.38379[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

join the based clean arteries gang
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 No.38792

Anyone got any good Mexican or Indian vegetarian/vegan recipes that I can try? I'm a Omnivore that wants to eat more veggies.

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 No.39588

>>39576
>100g
>1cup
>1/2 cup
>2tbs
>3tbs
>2tbs
>1/4th cup
There are seven different measures in that infographic.

 No.39589

>>39588
I had to use both systems of measurement on my nursing test today. Americans use both

 No.39604

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>>38528
>Moralism is when you care
Absolute state



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 No.36889[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Post what you're wearing today, pieces you want to wear, recent cops, thrifting, inspo, concepts, runways, designers, questions, etc.

Previous thread: >>29827
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 No.39591

>>39586
If this normie thing is what passes as "JRPG character design" to you then you must be incredibly boring.

 No.39592

>>39591
Post your fit

 No.39593

>>39592
You're posting fucking stock photos and claiming they're "too much", lmfao, and then ask me to post what I look like? Are you from /r/MFA or post-2016 /fa/?

 No.39595

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>>39591
It was just a fancy way of saying overdesigned. You start adding stuff to make it plain outfit look more interesting, and then forget to stop.
Ignore the JRPG comparison, the point was its too many layers. There is a reason suit, shirt and tie are such a popular combination, it works, looks good. Modifying it too much (waistcoat, t-shirt) can still look good and more eye catching, but I feel like its a step-down in terms of overall aesthetics.

 No.39603

>>39586
Yeah I can definitely see what you mean, the super layered look feels a bit larpy even though it's socially acceptable.



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 No.37939[Reply]

Even though the fandom is pretty dead. I wanted to see what a brony thread on here would look like since I’m a newbie

What does /leftypol/ think about this franchise and the online subculture it spawned? I feel like now that the little girls who made up the target audience are young adults I’ve been seeing more zoomers tell stories about how they were “traumatized” by the adult fandom and it’s becoming more in vogue to decry the whole “brony” phenomenon as “problematic”.

On the other hand though what’s the sociological explanation for millions of grown men becoming obsessed with a little girls cartoon in spite of hegemonic Western gender norms? I’ve read a lot of conflicting theories from academics and culture critics regarding this. Is it autism? Post-Irony? Or is there something about it that just makes it genuinely appealing?
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 No.39517

>>39516
>glittersplosion
Microplastics have been introduced to equestria

 No.39518

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non-vegan cakes confirmed

 No.39596

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OC

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Well anons?

 No.39601

>>39599
>anthro



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 No.24481[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

First thread >>2278

I just watched the new Batman movie, it's about as boring and derived as you'd expect. The villain is a real psycho, apparently he hates Bruce Wayne's father because of his scam charity orphanage where children froze to death and the villain himself grew up in, and tries to publicly reveal his father's ties to organized crime and political corruption. Luckily Batman eventually teaches him the true meaning of love and forgiveness before the villain is thrown into an insane asylum for the rest of his days, and the credits roll.

I also watched Memoria, which was just as boring and I have nothing to say about.
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 No.39441

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>>39436
>>39440
Like they showed them going into the incinerator. I bet in the next one they'll have the gang get buried alive in a landfill and be perpetually alive in that forever dark. Never dying because they don't need to breathe or eat. Always sentient and trapped in that darkness.

 No.39442

>>39441
I have no batteries and I must scream

 No.39447

I watched Poor Things and it was extremely good, I dunno what to make of it. Something about sex being good I guess.

 No.39449

>>39439
Does the Dean know you're posting here Steve

 No.39577

some things ive watched lately:

night of the hunter
three days of the condor
strange days
total recall



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 No.36917[Reply]

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 No.39392

>>39387
There are two types of generals. Threads for a wide topic where more specific threads would otherwise fall off the catalog and containment threads for high-volume/low-content discussions. I don't have anything against the /isg/ and /usapol/ shitposters, but at this point they're clogging up /leftypol/ to a degree where they should get their own containment board.
I already suggested this in a /meta/ thread 1 or 2 years ago, yet it seems the mods don't want their matrix clique to have to use a board other than /leftypol/.

 No.39397

>>39392
They don't have enough to warrant their own board. /edu/ was a mistake, and I would even suggest /b/ \ /siberia/ was a mistake. /isg/ and /usapol/ are contained and active, what would moving them to another board achieve?

 No.39559

Not an imageboard but this is the most relevant thread I know of for the topic: what the heck is https://www.pillowfort.social/ ? From the accounts I've seen it feels like an old version of tumblr.

 No.39560

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https://anon.cafe/meta/res/16466.html

Anoncafe is going to be kill on March 15th and apparently its because the owners decided to just shut it down.
>Because Anon.cafe is an independent imageboard, there will invariably be speculation that we're being forced offline by various nefarious forces, so we should also say that we've had no contact of any kind whatsoever from any such entities, or indeed from anyone at all – the decision to shut down Anon.cafe is purely our own, taken on our own initiative.
>We'd like to thank every anon who has ever posted here for a little over four relaxing years, and we wish every board and poster the absolute best of luck into the future, whatever it may bring.

I'm gonna archive some threads and boards that I lurked or enjoyed. It also might be a good idea to entice users over to leftypol.org.

 No.39561

https://zzzchan.xyz/index.html
is a decent replacement to proalike.woah and anon.cafe



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 No.12382[Reply]

Hello everyone, I want to make a topic about books, but, ones that are too trashy for /edu/. Talk about books, request books, et cetera.

Well, I'll start off the thread by asking for recommendations for 'optimistic sci-fi' where humans and aliens get along (relatively speaking) and accomplish things. Bonus points if there's first contact involved, extra bonus points if there's interspecies romance. Mee-yow. I've already read a lot of books like this but I can't get enough. Thanks everyone.
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 No.33828

I like digging through the 'small' web looking for weird things people have made, including stories and books. I've happened across lots of small and amateur writers working outside mainstream publishing by stumbling onto their blogs and personal websites. They're usually not the most polished but they hardly ever want for ideas, and it's a nice break from the all the MFAlese the publishers churn out these days.

Right now on my to-read list I've got a near-future space murder mystery, the collected issues of an aborted superhero webcomic, a Roman alternate history, some kind of religious cyberpunk story, a schizo novel written by some occultist, and some old BBS zines of original fiction and poetry. Also a guy who made a game engine I used to tinker around with has a collection of fantasy short stories so I'll probably read that too at some point.

 No.33829

>>33828
What is MFAlese ?

 No.33830

>>33829
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Fine_Arts
Presumably writing that resembles what someone with an MFA would write

 No.39487

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i think these books fall off after Time of Contempt

 No.39549

>>32304
Blindsight was fucking awesome. I've been looking for scifi novels that cover similar subject matter, but haven't been finding shit. Do you know of anything else like it (other than its bizarre sequel Echopraxia)?

>>32305
Got bored of it about four books in.



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 No.7003[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

This is the capeshit film thread
Discuss capeshit
I'll admit I hate Marvel films, first off they're some of the glowies films out there, every single one fellates the Pentagon. The plots are almost all identical, filled with general pro-porky propaganda. The jokes are overdone and stale, literally Adam Sandler humor. The CIA is shit for such expensive productions. The characters are getting stale. Fuck these movies, death of cinema shit piles.
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 No.35721

>>35708
I was being sarcastic you fat fuck

 No.35816

>>22067
>>22068
Super is weirdly apocryphal the main character is literally a chinletjak. Its the most realisitic super hero movie imho since its just a schizo christofascist who doles out unnecessary violence on lumpenproles until the end where they face off with actual organized criminals and sidekick literally gets there head blowed off. I didn't like the ending at all and thought it was a forced happy ending. Its a weird ass movie but viewing as a satire on /pol/yp LARPers is pretty funny

 No.39519

RIP Rogue's Ass

 No.39535

>>39519
the wokerati strike again

 No.39538

>>39535
Funniest part is that most of the men are still muscular.

Also inb4 "Muh mutants and Rogue were meant to represent the gay struggle"
Stan Lee literally created the idea of Mutants because he was tired of creating hundreds of backstories for the superpowers his characters had, so it was just "the X-Gene" and it let him create characters more freely… that's it, that was the entire motivation behind the X-Men. And the idea of alienation and wanting to be accepted by society is a universal concept among all people. The flamboyant designs are also just because it was cool, and literally applies to most superheroes in DC and Marvel that have no relation to the X-Men. If gay people identified with it, then good for them, but it wasn't intended to be specific to any one person or group, and people trying to say that are projecting their own political views onto illustrated power-fantasies for children and teens.



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Loyal parents who sacrificed so much for the nation
Never feared the ultimate fate.
Now that the country has become red,
who will be its guardian?

Our mission, unfinished, may take a thousand years.
The struggle tires us, and our hair is grey.
You and I, old friends,
can we just watch our efforts be washed away?
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 No.35965

>>34107
we are not such mystical machines, similar machines can observe which combinations of words provoke a certain reaction and create similar combinations.

 No.36059

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Absolute based lad here, I'll translate his poem a little later
– I wrote this poem myself and I want it to remain in the centuries so that others listen. It’s called “We don’t die.”

 No.39500

>>34103
Impressive very nice.
You forgot "you" and "I" however
(and "old", "friends", "poetry")

 No.39532

>>36059
A little later?

 No.39539

>>39532
I translated it in the Fall and the post got deleted because a mod was tripping and deleting everything they didn't like posted that day.



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