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Shinjobi
Jul 10, 2008






Gravy Boat 2k

Elvis_Maximus posted:

Just start with "Balance" which is their first campaign. After the first few episodes it moves away from the original D&D module and into entirely custom content, and then shoots off like a rocket ship from there.

Murder on Rockport LTD (arc 2 of Balance I believe), Pedals to the Metal (arc 3) and the uh.. time loop one who's name I forget (which I believe is arc 5) are the stand out parts for me. Arc 4 and Arc 6 are pretty ok, Arc 7 is really hit or miss imo, I didn't really like it. The finale really stuck the landing for me though so it's all worth it!

Amnesty (campaign 2) is worth a listen if you're into the more monster of the week/buffy-ish kinda thing. But there's a few parts that just didn't work for me so I eventually fell off. And uh.. Graduation is.. well.. yeah

Did you actually listen to the episode?

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Wasabi the J
Jan 23, 2008


SpacePig posted:

I'm pretty sure they announced Yahoo answers closing on the same day that Griffin's baby was born, so I imagine he wasn't immediately available.

Curious timing.

Elvis_Maximus
Oct 7, 2007

Relaxing AND Refreshing


Shinjobi posted:

Did you actually listen to the episode?

Which, graduation?

nah I just read a short summary and it sounded kinda bad. I'm thinking of giving it a try once it's complete to see if maybe it holds my attention better after it all comes out?

Listened to all the other ones outside of I think the last couple of amnesty when I sorta lost interest

Shinjobi
Jul 10, 2008






Gravy Boat 2k

Okie dokie

Chieves
Sep 20, 2010


TAZ as a whole works SO much better when it's bingeable. 2 weeks between episodes make things worse than they are. Not saying that it's good for it to be markedly improved upon relisten- the episodes should be enough as is to support a fandom growing and talking about it.

Entropic
Feb 21, 2007

patriarchy sucks


I got into TAZ when I had two weeks of highway driving all day to do for work, Iíd listened to most of the first arc at that point but I binged like 3 whole arcs on that trip. Itís definitely easier to remember whatís going on when you can binge it, not that Balance was that complicated.

docbeard
Jul 18, 2011

Modern worldly poster

VaultAggie posted:

I did enjoy Amnesty, especially at the beginning, but I couldnít really tell you anything that happened in it. The long waits between episodes and complexity of the plot left my scratching my head at what the hell was going on. I remember the morgue ending got me really excited for a bit but I still donít get what the shapeshifter was or the quell or why Sephiroth showed up.

In some ways Amnesty is my favorite (not-a-one-shot) thing they've done but I am consistently unable to really argue with all the various flaws that are brought up about it, especially the one where there was a hell of a lot that didn't become at all clear until right before the very end and even then only kind of and I couldn't really explain most of it now.

Zeeman
May 8, 2007

Say WHAT?! You KNOW that post is wack, homie!


docbeard posted:

In some ways Amnesty is my favorite (not-a-one-shot) thing they've done but I am consistently unable to really argue with all the various flaws that are brought up about it, especially the one where there was a hell of a lot that didn't become at all clear until right before the very end and even then only kind of and I couldn't really explain most of it now.

Yeah, like I still have no idea what the deal was with Beacon

docbeard
Jul 18, 2011

Modern worldly poster

Zeeman posted:

Yeah, like I still have no idea what the deal was with Beacon

I thiiiiiiiink the idea was that the AI groupmind that was the final big bad had been programmed to shut down if it ever got too openly antagonistic and shoving Beacon into its heart turned its antagonism up to 11. Or something.

Bip Roberts
Mar 29, 2005





docbeard posted:

In some ways Amnesty is my favorite (not-a-one-shot) thing they've done but I am consistently unable to really argue with all the various flaws that are brought up about it, especially the one where there was a hell of a lot that didn't become at all clear until right before the very end and even then only kind of and I couldn't really explain most of it now.

Low stakes Amnesty was good but once it became a dumb save-the-world plot it became way more arduous.

Chieves
Sep 20, 2010


Bip Roberts posted:

Low stakes Amnesty was good but once it became a dumb save-the-world plot it became way more arduous.

I think I disagree, but maybe because by that point there was so much less one-on-one monologues, and the group was actually together for more than 30 minutes at a time.

Colonel Whitey
May 22, 2004

This shit's about to go off.


They seriously have to cut it out with the one on ones, I tune out every single time during them and they just stop the entire show in its tracks

Stroop There It Is
Mar 11, 2012


please dont post pics of me :\

please dont post pics of me :\





docbeard posted:

I thiiiiiiiink the idea was that the AI groupmind that was the final big bad had been programmed to shut down if it ever got too openly antagonistic and shoving Beacon into its heart turned its antagonism up to 11. Or something.
Yeah basically. Putting Beacon in pushed the "average" belligerence of the hivemind to a bajillion because Beacon was created to sow war (and was the ultimate rear end in a top hat). The hivemind's self-termination mechanism kicked in since it became what it was supposed to prevent.

Bip Roberts posted:

Low stakes Amnesty was good but once it became a dumb save-the-world plot it became way more arduous.
TBH while I liked the rest of Amnesty, I also enjoyed low-stakes Amnesty more (probably because I'm much more interested in monster hunters at that level--ask me my thoughts on Hunter: the Reckoning. Just kidding, don't.)

docbeard
Jul 18, 2011

Modern worldly poster

Low stakes crises can often be more interesting than save-the-world stuff in general. I think Amnesty scaled reasonably well, but I certainly could have done with fewer cases of "I take a step" "THE YEAR IS 1985. YOU ARE IN YOUR CHILDHOOD HOME. AGAIN."

inferis
Dec 30, 2003




Just Chamber
Feb 10, 2014

WE MUST RETURN TO THE DANCE! THE NIGHT IS OURS!




If there's something I wish the McElroy's would change it's the fact that they're white.

Just Chamber fucked around with this message at 18:19 on Apr 8, 2021

Elvis_Maximus
Oct 7, 2007

Relaxing AND Refreshing



Man BDG REALLY had the right idea by specifically keeping distance between himself and his audience

DoctorWhat
Nov 18, 2011

Someone call the Chancellery Guard. Commander Maxil's out of uniform. AGAIN.

I hate D&D as a product and WotC as a company, and Graduation just marinates in 5E in a truly miserable way. So I have a lot of affection for Amnesty, even with its very real flaws.

(Yes, I listen to Rude Tales. The differences are that 1) Rude Tales is not fannishly fawning over D&D-as-Cultural-Iconography, and 2) Rude Tales is loving excellent)

SpacePig
Apr 4, 2007

News of the
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On the Move




DoctorWhat posted:

I hate D&D as a product and WotC as a company, and Graduation just marinates in 5E in a truly miserable way. So I have a lot of affection for Amnesty, even with its very real flaws.

(Yes, I listen to Rude Tales. The differences are that 1) Rude Tales is not fannishly fawning over D&D-as-Cultural-Iconography, and 2) Rude Tales is loving excellent)

One of the best things about Dragon Friends is that, even though it's built on a 5e framework and WotC occasionally provides materials for them, nobody but Dave gives a poo poo about the system. Even though they're still orbiting the Strahd storylines, they also just don't follow the story except by accident, and rename characters things like Rimjob.

Hustle Hound
Oct 21, 2012

all is known



their lack of transformative attention in this case being the fact that they can't physically transform into more marginalized people

Hubbardologist
Jan 19, 2007

Secretly force socialism, communism and imperialism types of government onto the people of the United States of America.



unless....

DoctorWhat
Nov 18, 2011

Someone call the Chancellery Guard. Commander Maxil's out of uniform. AGAIN.

SpacePig posted:

One of the best things about Dragon Friends is that, even though it's built on a 5e framework and WotC occasionally provides materials for them, nobody but Dave gives a poo poo about the system. Even though they're still orbiting the Strahd storylines, they also just don't follow the story except by accident, and rename characters things like Rimjob.

Even that level of coziness with Wizards is too much for me. I don't give WotC and Mike Mearls my money or time.

inferis
Dec 30, 2003




Hustle Hound posted:

their lack of transformative attention in this case being the fact that they can't physically transform into more marginalized people

Thereís one way

Farg
Nov 19, 2013



inferis posted:

Thereís one way

The machine from that superman comic that made Lois lane black?

Stroop There It Is
Mar 11, 2012


please dont post pics of me :\

please dont post pics of me :\





not to be That Guy but I looked up the impact factor of this journal because who tf would publish this, and it's a whopping 0.78

inferis
Dec 30, 2003




What the gently caress is impact factor nerd

Stroop There It Is
Mar 11, 2012


please dont post pics of me :\

please dont post pics of me :\





inferis posted:

What the gently caress is impact factor nerd
it's basically a proxy for "how important is this journal in its field" based on number of citations. that number is.... low

inferis
Dec 30, 2003




Stroop There It Is posted:

it's basically a proxy for "how important is this journal in its field" based on number of citations. that number is.... low

That wasnít already clear from either the title of the article or the name of the journal?

rollick
Mar 20, 2009


Stroop There It Is
Mar 11, 2012


please dont post pics of me :\

please dont post pics of me :\





inferis posted:

That wasnít already clear from either the title of the article or the name of the journal?
Article title yes, which is why I suspected it would be funny; journal title no, because while gender studies as a field tends to have lower impact factors, this is low even for that

The World Inferno
Nov 26, 2017





docbeard posted:

Low stakes crises can often be more interesting than save-the-world stuff in general.

I do legit wonder if research has been done on whether people actually relate more to a low-stake-crisis than a world-ending-crisis. Go easy on yourself writers, losing 100 lives is a tragedy, your stakes need not be so unfathomable.

Mae
Aug 1, 2010

Supesudandi wa, kukan-nai no dandidesu



Imagine getting that sent to you for peer review

Warbird
May 23, 2012

Burn the 'dawgs
Kill the Yellowjackets
Purge the Tiger
It is better to die for Bama than to live for yourself


Fun Shoe

What is the range of the scale? 0-1? 0-100?

Ainsley McTree
Feb 19, 2004




Mae posted:

Imagine getting that sent to you for peer review

Listen, at this stage of human history, itís really hard to find a topic that hasnít already been researched

Bip Roberts
Mar 29, 2005





Warbird posted:

What is the range of the scale? 0-1? 0-100?

Impact factor means the average times a paper gets cites in another publication. 0.75 means off hand at least a quarter of the papers never get cited at all but since it's an average there are probably a few that get cite a handful of times and most that are forgotten completely. Also most researchers like to cite their previous work in future publications (as usual you build of your previous work and you want to point readers to it) this number means it's really a dead-end for papers that want to be mothballed forever.

For general calibration at least in the scientific field I worked in back when I was publishing academic papers I wrote about a dozen and they've been cited about 5-100 times as a range.

Bip Roberts fucked around with this message at 20:54 on Apr 8, 2021

Just Chamber
Feb 10, 2014

WE MUST RETURN TO THE DANCE! THE NIGHT IS OURS!



I pine for the fun parallel universe where the brother's read out the article on MBMBaM and just rip into it. But I'm fairly sure if they actually did they'd end up agreeing with it and saying how they have to do better in the future.

Zero One
Dec 30, 2004

Z is the new C

TAZ was pretty good today. Just a lot of DnD fighting for those who miss that. And a giant octopus.

Poor Miserable Gurgi
Dec 29, 2006

He's a wisecracker!


Just Chamber posted:

I pine for the fun parallel universe where the brother's read out the article on MBMBaM and just rip into it. But I'm fairly sure if they actually did they'd end up agreeing with it and saying how they have to do better in the future.

Using a podcast to rip into the language of gender studies papers sounds like something Joe Rogan has probably already done. The paper looks poorly thought out and researched, but academic language is what it is, and has its uses.

Wasabi the J
Jan 23, 2008


Elvis_Maximus posted:

Man BDG REALLY had the right idea by specifically keeping distance between himself and his audience

BDG likely figured it out on his own but I can imagine Justin or Griffin talking about that with their co-workers.

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Sankis
Mar 8, 2004

But I remember the fella who told me. Big lad. Arms as thick as oak trees, a stunning collection of scars, nice eye patch. A REAL therapist he was. Er wait. Maybe it was rapist?



Wasabi the J posted:

Curious timing.



oh geez. i hope he has a priest available just in case he needs an exorcism in the near future.

no one wants the spirit of yahoo answers to get trapped in their newborn baby

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