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Different Agents have different abilities: some focus on social sabotage among rulers, some on hassling the Heroes that oppose your work, and others on more direct city infiltration and corruption. There were a few times where I made an agent with a particular focus, but then couldn't really find where I could use their actions effectively (or at all!).

But as you gain notice from rulers and their Heroes, they'll start to undo your corruption work.

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I played the tutorial and ~90 min of a first game. I really like the concept and I think I like the mechanics. I'm honestly not great at strategy games despite the fact that I enjoy them, so take my upcoming list of struggles with a grain of salt. 😅

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"Shadows of Forbidden Gods" sounds like it will be extremely my jam, so I tried it out last night. It's an Early Access turn-based strategy game in which you play a (slowly-waking) dark god whose Agents are working to corrupt the human world.

You move the Agents around a hex-based map containing farms/villages/cities and command them to incite unrest, disrupt food production, cause strife between nobles, and set up Wells of Shadow, which spread corruption.

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I had a brief thought that I should mess around with my controller settings (x/y/z position and rotation), and made my way to a highly respected guide:

Are you kidding me? That is *so much work*. 😹 Hours of time that you're *in* the game, but not *playing* the game. 🤯

...Now that the idea's been planted, tho, I give myself ~3 months before I start the process. 😅

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It bloomed!!!! I've had a small cutting of this cactus for over two years now, and only this spring did it finally start growing. There's also another bud that may open in the next few days.

#florespondence #gardening #plants

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So the above technique seems to be a winner—I was able to beat the segment at 85%, which is a big jump up.

Today was really a day for Camellia's "What the Cat?!" on E+, tho, which I've been nibbling on for months. It has one of the funnest endcaps on a difficult segment in any of the base songs, and I finally nailed that section at 95% speed with an "A" today. 🏆🥳💃🏾

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Next is Camelia's "Final Boss Chan", which hasn't grown on me a bit.

Now Tanger's "Firestarter" is an absolute fav, even though I can't beat it on E+ yet. I love the early tempo/pitch play, especially. I can beat every part of the map except for the two diagonal flurries of notes around the 0:35 mark and somewhere in the back half. A redditor suggests moving ones' hands in circles instead of trying to flick the wrists, so I'll give that technique a go soon (

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I've still been chipping away at OST V in , and it's grown on me a lot over the last month. I finally beat "$1.78" on E+ a couple sessions ago, although I failed it on my next try. 😁

I wrote previously that I could play all but the final bit of "Firestarter"—that was a whopper of a typo. That was "Curtains", which has a tangly part at the end. It's been a very long time since I've lived in Texas, but is it weird that "Curtains" reminds me of Tejano music? Anyway, it's fun.

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Not been doing much talking about coin-ops on here huh. Here's how a pinball machine can tell when you're being too rough with it. This image won't be captioned 'cause I'll describe it in the toot.

So hanging from a brass bracket is a steel rod with a cone-shaped weight attached. The weight is surrounded by a metal ring. The ring and the bracket form part of a circuit, so when the game is jostled too roughly the weight swings into the bracket, makes contact, and tells the player hey cool it.

Intro to SFFBookClub 

Hello new people! We have a very informal sci-fi/fantasy book club here on the fediverse, and all are welcome to join us. All you have to do is:

1) Look at #SFFBookClub
2) Vote in the poll (see the toot this is a reply to) if you have an opinion about which book we'll read next month
3) Read!
4) Share your thoughts with the hashtag, and with CWs saying how far into the book you're discussing if your toot contains any spoilers. lists previous books.

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So... The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe comes out in a week, and it seems to be shaping up very nicely: It's definitely going to meet *my* expectations. 😂

Have you played my new RPG Get in the Car, Loser! yet? Travel to fight evil with STYLE, FAST-PACED BUILD-DRIVEN TACTICAL COMBAT, and HOT-BLOODED JUSTICE! The base game is free, with 84% positive ratings on Steam!


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Today I managed two shorter, more normal sessions, including a dab of multiplayer! The Beat Together mod is available for testing, so Gregory and I kicked the tires on it.

With the hard things happening recently, is in a bit of easy mode for me: songs I can't beat, I just enjoy playing in Practice mode slower and/or NF. I'm playing favs instead of pulling down new songs, and practicing tricky segments just a few times before moving on.

BS as comfort food, I guess. 🤷🏾‍♀️

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My couplefew weeks of work shenanigans were followed by two weeks of a cat health crisis. I finally knocked the dust off a bit Saturday on Gregory's older... Vive? Index? Whichever.

Y'all, those controllers are *so heavy* compared to the Quest 2's! I've prolly only played an hour total with them, but there ain't no quick flick of the wrists with those. Failed so many songs that are in my regular rotation. 😅

Felt very good to play again, though.

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One of my favorite facts for introducing people to "everything you think you know about the Middle Ages is a lie" is that at one point in medieval Wales, a woman could divorce her husband for having bad breath

This tells us a couple of important things:

1. Divorce existed
2. Women could initiate it
3. Bad breath wasn't just accepted as a fact of filthy medieval life

I'm live on twitch! Come hang out with me while I play Chicory: A Colorful Tale:

calendaring, cli - help? 

does anybody have a known-working, non-trash solution to getting a basic text summary of calendars that (probably?) will give you .ics?

i have a couple of (unavoidable) google calendars and a fastmail one. i'm just trying to write a little script to pull lists of events into my vimwiki notes, not seeking a full-featured interactive calendar app. sorta forlornly hoping to avoid highly brittle hoop jumping.

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My troubles on E+ levels with corner diagonals have led me to try switching it up again. Swatting down at blocks with the claw grip feels like much less effort than the underhand grip did.

With only about 90 min of practice at it, my accuracy is still even worse than normal, but corners are easier, and so-called "streams" or "piano streams" feel like I'm just patting at the level lightly. I like it. The wrist angles feel unfamiliar, though.

Oh, and I might try making a map soon?

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So last Wed I decided to try changing my controller grip to a claw grip, played a short session, and then had to take a full week off. Played a little yesterday and made it all the way through my warmup before I remembered I'm supposed to be trying a new grip. 😅

Using as a reference, I moved from a standard grip to an underhanded reverse claw (basically just choking up on the controller) right after moving to Expert levels, and have used it until last week.

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