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Deathloop 

I am glad that it is coming to the PC because I did not want to have to buy a PS5 in the first year where it costs fuck-you money, because I love Arkane's games and Deathloop looks like the raddest shit.

"What if John Wick was set during Russian Doll and played like Dishonored?" is a question I didn't know I needed answering.

A Cartoon Joke That Stuck With Me 

In Yankee Doodle Bugs, when Bugs Bunny meets up with Benjamin Franklin and asks him what he's doing, and Ben Franklin says "I am trying to discover electricity."

Thought, and still think, it was the most quietly funny thing. You can't talk about the thing you've discovered before discovering it and I find that SO hilarious.

Self Esteem Whinging 

What must it be like, to have talent.

Or at least: a talent I'm skilled enough at, that my use of it is in demand literally anywhere.

Announcement 

Don't necessarily want to know, but: that knowledge is in the ol' brain now.

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Announcement 

I now know what "simping" means

Pee Ess Five 

Violence in games right now looks so realistic that you can get traumatized working on them. I don't need a graphics chip that gives developers PTSD 300% faster, you know?

But I do want all those minutes I spend looking at a loading animation back. All those Goddamn minutes.

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Pee Ess Five 

tbqh, the primary thing I am looking forward to with the PS5 is the promise of zero loading times.

Because games already look fine. They look fine! I genuinely can't tell the difference in graphics quality between PS4 and PS5.

MASKS Addendum 

We have reached the point we are drawing comparisons between the PCs and the Mane 6

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

And this fed says "I don't use cyanide and even if I did I wouldn't give you any. When you plan to fail, you've already given up. And I am not letting you give up, kid."

And I think that's the character's mantra now. "Do not give up."

Anyways: MASKS, with the right group, is absolutely incredible.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

Then after she's spent, she tells Pop Vulture "but when I'm with the team, I don't feel weak. You all make me feel strong. Thank you."

(These two dipshits have crushes on each other and we are having a ball inventing reasons why they don't actually act on it)

Later, she talks to our Outsider alien's government handler, and confesses that she's looking for a cyanide pill in case she can't escape her doom, because she doesn't want to live like that...

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

She confesses that the other day she was late for school because she couldn't get out of bed, and she'd realized with dawning horror that it was because she was waiting for the lamp's owner to tell her what to do. She's angry and terrified that her free will is leaving her and despite being ostensibly the most powerful member of the team, she feels so weak and helpless.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

... a giant bronze statue of the previous resident of the lamp, a smug-as-hell evil genie who is now free and trapped Demi in his place. Demi's tried and tried to get rid of it but she can't; it's a reminder that even this most private space is not fully hers.

She throws a stool at it, and then a bench, and then starts wailing on it with her fists, until Pop Vulture embraces her from behind. And then Demi just starts to sob.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

We go to a PC's apartment to recuperate; Demi insists on taking Pop Vulture inside to take advantage of the healing pool Demi has inside her lamp.

As Pop Vulture recuperates, she says "Demi, I screwed up. I screwed up and you paid the price. You're allowed to be upset."

And Demi actually does get angry; she whispers "I hate you," which just about breaks PV's heart, until PV realizes that Demi didn't say it to her, but to the fixture in the room with the pool...

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

In the chase, Pop Vulture misses on a powerdive when trying to get into Legerdemain's super-car, the HOUDINI, and faceplants into the pavement. But we eventually get it back, after discovering that Legerdemain drove home with it and he lives with his parents.

Legerdemain thinks we did all this to him over a trinket and we sure weren't about to tell him he had a genie lamp so we didn't correct him. So that relationship's working out super duper!

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

The meeting is a bust; Knight doesn't hurt anyone apart from smacking our alien teammate into the sky, but Knight's not leaving the organization any time soon.

Pop Vulture gets Legerdemain to shove off. As he does, he pauses and says "hey Pop Vulture, I'm curious: when did you start smoking?"

And he holds up the lighter he pickpocketed.

The team FLIPS OUT. A high speed chase ensues to get it back before Legerdemain realizes what he has.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

(Currently the lamp is a very chic Zippo lighter.)

So the lighter winds up in the possession of team leader Pop Vulture, who is a harpy, and we set things up. But a wrinkle shows up in the form of our former teammate, Legerdemain, who is also working for supervillain Blackwater and is spying on Knight.

Pop Vulture flies down to confront Legerdemain and they hash it out. Legerdemain is pissed at us, not unfairly, because in our first big adventure he got badly hurt.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

So last session, we formulated a plan to support our team's Bull, Behemoth, as she tried to set up a meeting with her former friend and current foe Knight, to get her out of an organization that is essentially supervillain Blackwater.

We don't want people to get hurt so I use a feature for my PC, Demi the genie (using the Doomed playbook) to try and shift the fight into a pocket universe. GM says yes, IF I let my lamp be carried into the zone.

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