The first thing you want to do as a new character is equip a talkative rattus faber. Congrats, you now have negative stats *sniff* it’s beautiful. :’)
Many Londoners fear ridiculous hats. The hats take their stats, but you aren’t like them. You have no stats and therefore NO FEAR. Gather a large pile of hats, maybe 77 or so, and build an indestructible hat fortress (bonus if you put it on a platform with wheels). Laugh at the other Londoners as flee from you in terror.
Being homeless is illegal in Fallen London, which is why your homeless lodgings are shown as New Newgate Prison. There aren’t many places in the Neath that are higher than prison so of course the view from up there is very good. Stay homeless forever and you will, in the most literal sense, be above the law.
Take a taboo to make gameplay more challenging. Perhaps your character has an extreme aversion to books and academia. Or maybe they can’t wear anything that isn’t a hat. Homelessness is a form of taboo against lodgings. A bottled oblivion habit is a taboo against having stats. You can even taboo certain story qualities such as never giving up your Surface Ties. Anything is possible! These are interesting ways to suffer- er have fun!
Menace areas are a magical tour of the most interesting places in the game. A suite at the Royal Bethlehem is expensive, but you can save a ton on real-estate costs by just staying mad forever. Challenge: Go for the legendary “Quad Fail” (that is, raising all four menaces to 8 at the same time) it’s a rite of passage and a neat puzzle all in one (yes this can be done without fate, and as a non-posi if you are clever).
- Don’t be afraid to be “sub-optimal”. I’m pretty sure that after burning more than 2,500 levels of stats in frivolous pursuits, nothing I ever do from this point forward can ever be considered optimal haha. But did I let that stop me?!? No way! Find your own way through the content, and never be afraid to be yourself and enjoy the slow road to victory or to laugh as you set the road on fire :)
Uh… I was playing myself in the Sims.
I’M GONNA BE THE VERY BEST LIKE NO ONE EVER WAS.
I am totally cool with being ten years old again if it means I get actual Pokemon.
New Female Thor in Marvel Puzzle Quest!
Um. It was a three person team, though, so…Classic Storm, Thor, and…um…Devil Dinosaur.
…not gonna lie, little worried about that last one. I mean, have you priced Sleep Number beds in “Jurassic Extended Queen” size?
Er… Stanley of the Stanley Parable.
This could be alright if somewhat boring, or it could be a disaster, depending on what the Narrator does…
I just played through the BBL route in Hatoful Boyfriend, so that has no way to end well.
My short story in the Women Destroy Fantasy collection is available to read on-line!
If you enjoy it, please consider buying either the e-book or print volume from Fantasy Magazine of the whole issue—it is some super cool stuff.
And can I just say how awesome it is to have been involved in this project? I was so honored that Cat Rambo seized this one. I frequently lack the energy or the sanity to really get both hands into all the worthy causes that I should and being able to be part of WDF and the whole we-are-part-of-fantasy-no-matter-what-the-haters-say awesomness of it is just…whoa.
(It’s also T. Kingfisher’s first trad publishing credit, so, y’know. How cool izzat?)
Steven Universe AMV Ive been working on.
EVERYONE PLEASE WATCH THIS AMV, WHETHER YOU’RE A FAN OF STEVEN UNIVERSE OR NOT
Can’t argue with bedroom geese
reblog if you ARE gay, if you SUPPORT gays, or if you like to OPEN the Masters’ WINDOWS in the middle of the NIGHT and put DOZENS of GEESE in their BEDROOMS
the continous depiction of people who limit themselves to one single thing getting stuck in a rut, and of people forging bonds when they recognize that people have more sides than they’re seeing. (jade and karkat were my go-to example for this one.)
so like… maybe someone who’s always laid-back and chill would get access to the strongest Breath powers, but at the cost of their status as a multi-faceted human being? which could cost them their motivation to finish the game, or their friends, and that’d ironically lead to a different kind of failstate. which might fit with the general tone Homestuck has (at least, i think it has) of “accept that you’re flawed, it’s cool, your friends got’chu covered”.
(hahaha man i just realized i might’ve misunderstood the inversion theory entirely. anyway, from my reading it seems to be kinda based on by-nature-flawed interpretations of the classpects and of trying to attribute characters’ actions to mystic forces rather than… well, motivation.)
(line breaks mine because asks.)
Oh, I LIKE this.
Yeah Homestuck is not a kind of story that plays power fantasy types of tropes straight - like, back when Kanaya chainsawed Eridan, there was this big argument on the forums about whether she was really powerful enough to do all she did in the few seconds it took for Equius’s glasses to descend, up until Hussie himself stepped in and said something to the effect of ‘Look, this isn’t Dragonball Z, there aren’t power levels, the story doesn’t work that way, give it up.”
ANYWAY, with what I understand about the comic thematically, I think the idea of being the platonic ideal of one’s aspect coming with a price is very likely to be how it’d work out. The importance of growing and changing is such a big deal in the comic as it is - it’s pointed out repeatedly how Caliborn stunted his growth, with the implication of what a disastrous thing it ends up being. Being the embodiment of an aspect that’s summed up with one or two words doesn’t leave much room for the whole growing or changing thing - which may be where the whole ‘inversion’ thing comes into play, because that’s the only way to wedge in any character development in such a limited theory. (… I’m being uncharitable again.)
I especially like your last line - attributing characters’ actions to ~mystic forces~ rather than anything inherent in them is something that REALLY BOTHERS ME in any media. They may as well be literal chess pieces for all the agency and inner life that kind of perspective allows them. But the Homestuck characters very clearly do have agency - the whole tragedy of it is that their agency is thwarted, as the alpha timeline will be how it is, and any deviation is doomed. That tragedy is meaningless if it’s all just mystic powers pushing them around.
Reading through this, I think it might actually be what happened to Caliborn when he became Lord English? Caliborn is an intresting if unpleasant character, while Lord English is presented as more of an incredibly powerful force of nature - the destroyer of universes sanctioned by paradox space. There are a few characteristics that carry on between them - the misogyny and so on - but LE is lot more impersonal about them.
Lord English is already presented as stunted through the killing of Calliope, but if only that were the case I think that it would have effected Caliborn’s personality sooner?
But he’s already become obsessed with the concept of his own inevitability, and would love to become a kind of platonic ideal of entropy - which is more or less what LE is.
(uh, sorry for filling your post about not overanalysing with my overanalysing)
Please stop using Daily Mail articles. Stop citing them as sources. Just stop.
Its cool, you don’t know these things. That’s alright. But seriously listen for a sec.
The Daily Mail is Fox News. Its Fox News on a bad day. Every story is exaggerated, sensationalised, or downright made up.
It is not a newspaper that gives unbiased storylines. It is not a newspaper that gives accurate statistics. The Daily Mail lies.
The entirety of the United Kingdom
Designer Eleanor Lutz used high-speed video of five different flying species to create this graphic illustrating the curves swept out in their wingbeats. The curves are constructed from 15 points per wingbeat and are intended more as art than science, but they’re a fantastic visualization of several important concepts in flapping flight. For example, note the directionality of the curves as a whole. If you imagine a vector perpendicular to the wing curves, you’ll notice that the bat, goose, and dragonfly would all have vectors pointing forward and slightly upward. In contrast, the moth and hummingbird would have vectors pointing almost entirely upward. This is because the moth and hummingbird are hovering, so their wing strokes are oriented so that the force produced balances their weight. The bat, goose, and dragonfly are all engaged in forward flight, so the aerodynamic force they generate is directed to counter their weight and to provide thrust. (Image credit: E. Lutz; via io9)