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First, we have the world's simplest role-playing game, with zombies

Genre: cinematic modern horror. Playing time: 2-4 hours tops.

1. GM supplies general setting of the game, e.g. Teenage Slasher or Suburban Zombie Apocalypse. Everyone creates a character accordingly.

2. List FOUR things that the character is especially GOOD at, such as running, driving, climbing, picking locks, survival in the outdoors, fast talking or decapitating zombies using only a vintage 1940s tea set. The GM must ratify these.

3. List TWO things that the character is especially BAD at, such as swimming, finding their way in the wild, avoiding alcohol, keeping their cool in a fight, or not flipping out in confined spaces. GM ratifies as before.

4. Everyone writes their name on a piece of paper and gives it to the GM.

5. The GM picks out one name at random. This person is the Survivor. No matter WHAT happens (except see below), this person will survive, so long as he is trying to. Everyone else will die. Without exception. Everyone. The players are not told who the Survivor is.

It goes on from there. Looks like a lot of fun. Hey datan0de, think you could turn it into a strip game?

Next up, a couple of links from nihilus:
Turing's cathedral, an exploration of the question "What makes you so sure that mathematical logic corresponds to the way we think?"

The Ship of Theseus: Identity is not so static nor so clear-cut as you might think. You can never step in the same river twice, but what does it mean to take the same boat across the river twice? (Shelly and I have discussions about this as it relates to transhumanist ideas on an ongoing basis--is a copy of me, perfect down to the limits imposed by Heisenberg uncertainty, still 'me'?)

I really, really like this photograph (may not be work-safe for some work environments).

BDSM themes are becoming more and more prevalent in everyday media, and beer ads are no exception...this Heineken ad plays with that to very amusing effect.

Work-safe, kinda (it is a network TV ad, after all), and very funny.

What happens when a pro-life protester needs an abortion? It happens more often than you think.

"I've had several cases over the years in which the anti-abortion patient had rationalized in one way or another that her case was the only exception, but the one that really made an impression was the college senior who was the president of her campus Right-to-Life organization, meaning that she had worked very hard in that organization for several years. As I was completing her procedure, I asked what she planned to do about her high office in the RTL organization. Her response was a wide-eyed, 'You're not going to tell them, are you!?' When assured that I was not, she breathed a sigh of relief, explaining how important that position was to her and how she wouldn't want this to interfere with it."


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Nov. 17th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
The Ship of Theseus has always annoyed me. It seems like a fairly obvious disproof of the excluded middle, and I don't get why no one else seems to see that.
Nov. 17th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Ahhh The sweet taste of hypocrisy..
Nov. 17th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
I had run across the abortion link before and posted it to my LJ back in July. I can understand being pro-life, getting pregnant, and then changing your mind about abortions. But when the people who picketed clinics and then had their own abortions went back to their original self-righteous attitudes and behaviors, that really disgusted me.

*edited for a typo and to add: and the zombie game is pretty cool. Will have to mention it to my Geekboy.
Nov. 17th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
Hey datan0de, think you could turn it into a strip game?

Are you kidding? Of course! What if the zombies just want to rip everyone's clothes off? :-) The game actually looks like it'd be a whole lot of fun, with or without nakedness.

By the way, the PS260 folks are rapidly becoming my heroes.
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