Saturday, October 14, 2006

Perhaps PBeM would be a better choice...

We played a new creation of Professor Curtis’ last night, Blankety-Blank, which explores the social mores and taboos of cursing in our culture. Basically, we sit around the table and argue over topics, the pivotal moment coming when each of us decides whether or not to curse to illustrate our point. Unfortunately, one of his associates from his philosophy class played with us and it turned out he had Tourette’s Syndrome, which ruined a lot of the artistic elements for us. After that the Professor said he though it might work better as an online RPG, since he was pretty certain people with Tourette’s didn’t type that way, but then I reminded him of Gareth-Michael Skarka.


Blogger Bob-Jim said...

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3:27 AM  
Blogger Bob-Jim said...

It's always the right fucking moment to swear, you cunt.

3:55 AM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

I see you've played this game before! Funny, Professor Curtis did't mention any earlier playtest groups, but I suppose he knows what he's doing!

4:13 AM  
Blogger Bob-Jim said...

Also, you cunt, it's time to sort some shit out. You keep talking about how people are having fun with D&D, but fun isn't what mature roleplayers want. What you don't realise is that really they're not having fun. The great Edwards can tell you that when people say they're having fun, really they're not, they're just brain-damaged into thinking they are, like some warped child sex abuse victim.

Once gamers realise that they're all secretly miserable, the mature games will make more sense to them.

Remember: not only are you not supposed to be having fun, but you never had fun. Never. Because it's impossible. The Theory proves it.

4:34 AM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Pfft! Utter Wrongist tripe! And, pray tell, why should we take advice from someone who marketed a game system entitled d4-d4? I've got news for you, d4 minus d4 equals ZERO lol!

bob-jim, you can pretend to be having fun, but I know deep down you know you'd be having more fun if you weren't having any at all.

4:41 AM  
Blogger Bob-Jim said...

Someone had to give the d4 love! Anyway, have you ever stepped on one? Only by experiencing suffering can you truly understand your inner self!

And when you understand your inner self, then you will come to know that deep down you never had any fun at all, and you are miserable. When you are miserable, only then will you be ready for Dogs in the Vineyard!

4:51 AM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Well, I can see you are a man of true depth and insight. Perhaps I can review d4-d4 one of these days!

I believe the Professor said diceless games such as Nobilis and Amber came about from people no longer wishing to step on d4s. I can't see how that could be wrong.

5:02 AM  
Blogger The RPG Pro said...

Have you ever met Gareth Michael-Skarka?

I have.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Only at those Rageaholics Anonymous classes my mother attended a few years back. He got an F.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Zweihander said...

Hey rpg pro, have you met Wayne Newton?

I have, his smile is a big as it seems on TV. Now shut your diehole, adults are talking.

I have to say that Professor Curtis may have another unloved, unhearalded,and woefully unsold super-hit on his hands. I mean I like the idea of a game that forces us to choose our words carefully, that is without a swearing jar, though I gotta say that the proceeds from my own swearing jar will pay for at least the gas for GenCon '08, if not a trip to the moon.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Unscrambled Mage said...

Zweihander, your comment has me thinking: perhaps it might be beneficial for some gaming groups (I'm thinking of those struggling earnestly with tendencies toward Pseudo-Correctivism)to have a kind of "Wrongness Jar," that would serve a similar purpose to a swearing jar ... In any moments where they stray from Correctivism, they pony up and, over the long run, reinforce Correct gaming habits and perhaps end up providing a fund that could benefit the cause in some way.

8:46 PM  
Blogger The RPG Pro said...

Did Wayne Newton work on Rolemaster? The name sounds familiar. I may have met him at GenCon.

Mr. Michael-Skarka sure can swear with the best of them!

9:47 PM  
Blogger Cornell Richardson said...

Interesting! I do wonder if perhaps this is a feasible concept, a swearing jar. But what to do with the funds--back an off-Broadway musical based on Dogs In The Vineyard? Dogs! just might be the critics' favorite of the season.

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