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Okay, so you know how people looking for a “fictional characters interacting in mundane settings” fix have these standbys like coffee shop AUs and high school AUs? I get the sentiment, but I’ve never really been interested in either of those. Just a personal preference; if lots of people didn’t like ‘em, they wouldn’t be a thing.

But in the same vein, you know what I do want to see?

"Everybody is in a DnD group" AUs.

There are all sorts of permutations: prima-donna GM who has a Story They Want You to Follow, GM who cheerfully goes along with whatever hilarious bullshit the players come up with just because it’s funny, longsuffering GM who keeps facepalming because that one player tries to seduce anything with legs (“The demon is hideously ugly, its mouth brimming with razor-sharp teeth and its flabby body-” “Roll to seduce.” “SERIOUSLY?!” “SOME of us aren’t shallow and only focused on outward appearances.”). Players who are munchkins and take the mechanics of the game far too seriously, players who get way into the roleplaying, players who just want to smash things, players who like to use “unconventional” tactics, players who like to use actually intelligent tactics, that one person from a sentence ago who’s playing a pornomancer, players who just do whatever the hell they think would be funny at the time.

Come on, you know you want to see it.

This would be so perfect/amusing/deeply thematically horrifying for Tales of the Abyss. Also for Rad History, but on a smaller scale. I’d read it.

I think you can probably guess which of those two I was partially thinking about when I wrote it. :::PPP

Can you imagine it, though? Stocke as the GM who is just trying to make his epic story have a happy ending, but his players are so uncooperative (and careless with their character’s lives) that the only way he can do it is to keep retconning everything?

"Eruca, are you sure you want to enter the secret door alone?"

"Yes!"

"*sighs* *quietly scribbles out the stat blocks for two of the three gnolls on the other side*"

…or…

"They just spent all this time breaking you out of prison and now you’re refusing to leave? Really, Rosch?”

"It’s what my character would do!"

"We just established that the judicial system was corrupt and they’ll execute you on the spot at the trial.”

"Yes, but he has faith in the system of law, even if we know better."

"He was right there. It’s not metagaming if your character saw the whole thing.”

…or…

"Marco, I know what you’re up to with the maxed Diplomacy, so I’m letting you know right now that I reserve the right to stop you from negotiating with anyone at my leisure."

"That’s not fair!"

"Neither is playing a Diplomancer."

…or…

"Raynie, make a Reflex save."

"Uh… 6."

"The dragon’s claw hits you for 23 points of damage."

Ouch. …Roll to seduce the dragon?”

"No."

"Uh… *bats eyelashes* Roll to seduce the DM?"

"*deadpan* Buy me dinner first."

(And then all semblance of deadpan-ness is lost later, when he realizes she’s serious.)

The bit with Rosch is exactly the funniest thing I have ever read. I can also see Stocke as a nervous first-time GM frantically texting his more experienced friends Teo and Lippti behind the DM screen whenever something goes wrong. Aht notices, but she’s usually too busy throwing dice at people.

And Heiss is that guy who thinks it’s funny to run Tomb of Horrors with a group of people who’ve never even played the game before, and keeps telling Stocke he should just pull a “Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.” Stocke is kind of like, “I’ve seen your campaigns. I am not taking advice from you. On anything. Ever.”

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I love how he just leaves his poor assistant standing in the pit. Oh, Randolph.

Randolph is the sort of guy who would leave lines like, “Medical students were used as test subjects because they are easily led and terrified of failure” in the final draft of his publication.

[ Randolph being ready to go off with the party… while his research assistant waits around in the pit of biorite they were just studying. ]

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I love how he just leaves his poor assistant standing in the pit. Oh, Randolph.

Randolph is the sort of guy who would leave lines like, “Medical students were used as test subjects because they are easily led and terrified of failure” in the final draft of his publication.

[ Randolph being ready to go off with the party… while his research assistant waits around in the pit of biorite they were just studying. ]


We’ve been good, but we can’t last.

[ A Softer World remix. Image is Iwanoko’s letter to Hisao. Text: “I was going to figure out the postage, / and send you my heart / for Christmas. / But my friends talked me out of it. / They said, ‘Why would you send him something broken?’” ]

We’ve been good, but we can’t last.

[ A Softer World remix. Image is Iwanoko’s letter to Hisao. Text: “I was going to figure out the postage, / and send you my heart / for Christmas. / But my friends talked me out of it. / They said, ‘Why would you send him something broken?’” ]

(Source: asofteryamaku)

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Okay, so you know how people looking for a “fictional characters interacting in mundane settings” fix have these standbys like coffee shop AUs and high school AUs? I get the sentiment, but I’ve never really been interested in either of those. Just a personal preference; if lots of people didn’t like ‘em, they wouldn’t be a thing.

But in the same vein, you know what I do want to see?

"Everybody is in a DnD group" AUs.

There are all sorts of permutations: prima-donna GM who has a Story They Want You to Follow, GM who cheerfully goes along with whatever hilarious bullshit the players come up with just because it’s funny, longsuffering GM who keeps facepalming because that one player tries to seduce anything with legs (“The demon is hideously ugly, its mouth brimming with razor-sharp teeth and its flabby body-” “Roll to seduce.” “SERIOUSLY?!” “SOME of us aren’t shallow and only focused on outward appearances.”). Players who are munchkins and take the mechanics of the game far too seriously, players who get way into the roleplaying, players who just want to smash things, players who like to use “unconventional” tactics, players who like to use actually intelligent tactics, that one person from a sentence ago who’s playing a pornomancer, players who just do whatever the hell they think would be funny at the time.

Come on, you know you want to see it.

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If Felgorn is the epitome of a hero, then Hilbert’s dreams of becoming one have already come true to some extent.

[ Screencaps of Augustus talking to Felgorn.
AUGUSTUS: “It’s the Emperor himself. As he’s growing older, he’s becoming increasingly more deluded. It’s pure madness, Felgorn. He’s become afraid of dying without having accomplished anything. He feels the end of his life approaching, but he realizes that his reign has been rather unremarkable. And now, before he passes on, he wants the Empire to conquer the world so he can leave behind a lasting legacy.”
FELGORN: “Yes… I understand.” ]

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Kill the idea that naivety is an unforgivable flaw but cynicism is just wisdom, murder it, chop it up and serve it for dinner, I don’t care, just end this bullshit idea that it’s better to hate than to love and better to rot in miserable bitter resignation than to hope for the best.

(via roseofbattle)

Moffat + Sexist Quotes: A List

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If you think that this list is missing anything, please let me know.

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Is there a subset of the Doctor Who fandom devoted to writing as much fanfic as possible about the Doctor caring about and respecting women to counter Moffat’s terrible attitudes? Because if there’s not, there needs to be. Call it the Society to De-Moff Who, or something.

Hey, bossanovabyss, this seems like your area of expertise.

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I’ve been slipping on the actually liveblogging this route, because I’m now really into it oh nooo, and as a result I’m too wrapped up in both to stop for comments and to properly sort out how I feel about everything that’s come up.

But here, in lieu of either silly or thoughtful commentary, have the sequence that just now made me start crying quietly in the middle of school. If I’m embarrassing myself here, maybe you can too. (At least I’m sitting in a corner.)

(I should probably be taking the time to point out that I did in fact draw exactly the right conclusion to where this scene was going. Which… well, as you can see I am upset!! as a result, but I still am glad this is the direction they took.)

(I do really want to see if I can’t make something more coherent out of my thoughts and reactions sometime later, most likely once I’ve done the whole route, because aaaaagh I really love this? ;; I FEEL REALLY STRONGLY ABOUT SAKURA AND SHE IS IMPORTANT; I hope so much the rest of the story treats her right.)

To all the Tumblr users who tend to use tags very liberally:

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Let’s play a game.

Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.

you

also

what

when

why

how

look

because

never

I apparently have never used tags that actually started with “you” or “never,” so as a bonus I typed in “tez.” (BTW, using TagViewer on this post is GLORIOUS.)

These don’t necessarily begin with the specified words, since the auto-fill doesn’t check that, but… Yep. (… They also make a weird degree of sense read together? I think the moral here is I’m really predictable.)