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BrianBinh

@BrianBinh@dice.camp

I'm a simple man: I like my beer cold, my music loud, and my swords laser. I write TTRPG stuff & design nerdy t-shirts. (he/him/anh/anh ấy)

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I'm not generally annoyed by discussion of D&D, and can even often participate, but the period of ramp-up to new books is tiring.

I don't have judgment for anyone; I've got my list of crap companies I buy from - but I'm just.... not going to be giving Wizards any money.

BrianBinh,
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@LeviKornelsen I've had a love/hate relationship with D&D for a long time, but I've decided that I'm just going to love it. I'm just not going to use the parts I don't like, such as:
-Race/Class restrictions
-Measuring encumbrance in "coins"
-demihuman level limits
-Wizards of the Coast
-Gygaxian "fuck those players" monsters like rust monsters and disenchanters

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  • BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen It would depend on how likely I think "custom" means "more expensive" and how expensive the non-custom ones already are.

    If I want the color of Set A used in the mold for Set B, is that any extra work or cost than just making Set B in its regular color? Do they normally make 20 sets at once so custom orders mean not making 19 matching sets at the same time?

    I'm more likely to follow through if there's some indication of price: "Custom orders welcome (typically X%-Y% more)".

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen "Contact us for a quote!" isn't that inviting in a world where people also say "If you have to ask, you can't afford it!"

    BrianBinh, to random
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    I've been drinking smoothies this week with beetroot as a major component. It's quite a healthy concoction, but it does have side effects. One side effect in particular is called beeturia, which is fairly terrifying when you need to take a leak late at night and forgot that you've been drinking beet juice. I thought I was hemorrhaging internally until I remembered the beets.

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    I have just peeled and diced a fresh raw beetroot.

    I feel like I should stare at my red hands in horror like people in movies who have just been forced to kill someone.

    LeviKornelsen, to random
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    Have watched Rebel Moon part 2.

    It's gorgeous.

    It's badly, badly, badly written.

    I recommend turning off the sound and having snacks.

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen Ah yes! The old "watch Braveheart on mute while blasting heavy metal albums" ploy.

    Tim_Eagon, to madisonwi
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    I’ve been dispatched to the first outdoor Dane County Farmer’s Market of 2024 to get some treats for the family!

    #MadisonWI #Food

    BrianBinh,
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    @Tim_Eagon @DM_Zeppelin
    Me, 2 hours ago: "Heh. That's a reference to that song."

    Me, 1 hour ago: "Ha! He didn't get the reference to that song."

    Me, just now: "Oh snap! That was a reference to a song by the Scorpions... Because the scorpion chili sauce... Gah! I was blind, but now I see!"

    epidiah, to random
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    Missing Farscape again.

    BrianBinh,
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    @Tim_Eagon @epidiah Farscape was a great show packed with a lot of interesting characters and also John Crichton was there.

    BrianBinh,
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    @Tim_Eagon @epidiah I found him annoyingly inconsistent. He studied his whole life to prepare to be an astronaut to explore the universe. After 20 minutes on a planet full of dozens of intelligent alien species, he's whining that he wants to leave because he's bored like a kid being forced to wait at a shop while his mom tries on shoes.

    BrianBinh, to DnD
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    My kid keeps calling illusionists "illusioners", which honestly seems like a better name the more I hear it. It seems more active.

    Illusionist: "I have illusions. I made them."
    Illusioner: "I do illusions. I illude!"

    (Looking it up, "illusion" comes from the Latin "illudere" meaning "to mock". What do they mock with their phantasms and false sensory impressions? Reality, I guess.)

    CITIZEN_OCHOA, to random
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    It didn’t take long for Canva’s Affinity acquisition to feel ominous. - The Verge
    https://www.theverge.com/2024/3/26/24112585/it-didnt-take-long-for-canvas-affinity-acquisition-to-feel-ominous

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen @CITIZEN_OCHOA I got an email this morning from Affinity about their exciting new direction. I was not enthused.

    Kitty from "That 70s Show" pouring liquor into a pitcher. The image is captioned "oh for fuck's sake"

    LeviKornelsen, to random
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    Here's an assertion that should be fairly agreeable with a second of consideration:

    In a trad game, when it comes to how much gravity the game mechanics exert on play, the pull of the character sheet and the things the player imagines based on it is notably stronger than the great majority of of other rules. It's the dwarf star of rules gravity.

    image/jpeg

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen It depends on how far back "trad" goes. In a 21st century "trad" game, the character sheet is a list of buttons you can push to make things happen. In a 20th century trad game, the sheet is a bunch of notes that help you remember who your character is and a bunch of loose parts that can be cobbled together to make things happen.

    "I cast 'Solve Problem'. Does that work?"
    Vs
    "I have a Grease spell, a wagon wheel, and 50' of rope. First, I will construct a rudimentary lathe..."

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen If the character sheet is the dwarf star of rules gravity, GM rulings at the table are the dark matter.

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  • BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen Oh man. If you think "fucking slaps" is recent slang, I have some bad news for you about the passage of time (you might want to sit down for this one, geezer):

    The folks that thought cool stuff "fucking slapped" are now complaining about lower back pain and having a sore neck because they "slept on it wrong".

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  • BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen Netflix: Did you like it? Too late! We canceled it already!

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    @LeviKornelsen This is why I make games I like and sell them to the seven weirdos who like the same stuff that I do.

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen This is why I make games I like and sell them to the seven weirdos who like the same stuff that I do.

    LeviKornelsen, to random
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    Junior (4) has constructed Princess Kingdom while I am at work, and I am deeply excited to go home and ask her all about it.

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen Any updates on this? I need to know how the skeletons relate to the flying unicorns.

    BrianBinh, to DnD
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    An idea from my life for your game:
    I once lived in an old Victorian house that was converted into apartments. One day, I looked up at the house from outside & noticed a window on the corner where my bathroom had a blank wall. I checked it out. The bathroom at the end of the hall was 5 feet shorter than the hall. Behind a set of shelves at the end of the hall, I found a door with the knob removed so the shelf would sit flush against it. There was a secret corner room!

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  • BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen That's my daily initialization sequence when I boot up in the morning.

    LeviKornelsen, to random
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    Re: Comic attached.

    As DM, I would rule:

    Think coverage and duration instead. Let's say a flask of holy water affects 1/16th of the lich, and it's holy energies are expended in that first round. Total immersion could thus potentially do a maximum of 16x the damage - and if the water kept changing each round, repeatedly.

    Buy your barrel (I will even give you a STEEP discount for "no flasks"), but: It's not just quantity, it's deployment.

    So think about that next!

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen This comic has "Nine women can make a baby in one month" logic.

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  • BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen I always include riding lizards and bugs of burden.

    LeviKornelsen, to random
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    When the Immortal Necromancers took over, things in the kingdom actually improved quite a lot. There's something to be said for a government that really thinks long-term, and genuinely wants a large, healthy populace.

    Funerals changed, obviously, but less than you'd think. And the free daily milk rations "for healthy teeth and bones!" are admittedly a bit transparent, but hey.

    BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen "I'm a 6th generation dairy farmer & my family's lives have only improved under the Undying & not only due to their generous milk subsidies. Now that all the strenuous & tedious work is done by my great-, great-great-, & great-great-great-grandparents' skeletons, my parents & grandparents are still vigorous & strong. Grandpa is 75 but never complained of a sore back or knees until he started building a treadmill powered butter churn to operate for us when he becomes a zombie."

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    I think enough time has passed that we can finally get this out in the open:

    Dejah Thoris was actually quite comparable and I'm tired of pretending she wasn't.

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  • BrianBinh,
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    @LeviKornelsen I've never used an RSS because I don't know what it is. I've only seen it brought up by folks that assume previous familiarity. (I had the same problem with Banksy: I saw a sudden glut of articles about Banksy that all assumed readers already knew all about Banksy so no context was ever provided about who or what Banksy was and why it was newsworthy that there was a new bit of graffiti.)

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