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I do labour history, wikipedia and cow clickers. I also do "internet culture."


Sep
26
comment History of role-playing games
If someone is willing to start a real world bounty…monographic histories go for about AUD$300,000 and a tenured position…
Sep
26
comment Castles construction costs in D&D
Military apparatus should effectively cost a %GDP (or equivalent total social product/mobilisable labour pool). Militaries are about the man keeping you down (tell it like you mean it). Any technology change is going to complexify the apparatus in use, but it'll still cost an equivalent proportion of social effort. So basically drain player's treasure reserves, and then add 40% to the budget. Also attack the castle while they're setting it up. Hooks galore plus financial motivation and probably a need to infeudate poor peasants.
Sep
6
answered How do I roleplay getting used to violence?
Jul
14
comment Fantasy economy: how to design a deep, sophisticated crafting system?
"there can be quite a bunch of people devoted to technological advancement and/or exploitation of the ongoing system." No not really, consult source material for the early modern period. If you want to wander off into "capitalism with swords" go ahead, but this conflicts with verisimilitude.
Jul
13
answered Fantasy economy: how to design a deep, sophisticated crafting system?
Jun
21
comment What is the maximum (air speed) velocity of a pixie?
... ... ... african, or european pixie? ... ... ...
Jun
21
revised What are the consequences of the new (5 choice) alignment system in 4e versus the (9 choice) system of earlier editions?
typos
Jun
20
answered What are the consequences of the new (5 choice) alignment system in 4e versus the (9 choice) system of earlier editions?
Jun
20
awarded  Scholar
Jun
20
comment Why did Giant Space Hamsters cause community outrage?
It is strange that the community so upset by the issue was blind to the depth of previous D&D silliness. This would be an excellent issue to use to expose the aesthetics of socially constructed verisimilitude in RPGs.
Jun
20
accepted Why did Giant Space Hamsters cause community outrage?
Jun
17
asked Why did Giant Space Hamsters cause community outrage?
Jun
11
awarded  Constituent
Jun
11
awarded  Caucus
Jun
7
answered How do I balance game interactions between a giant mecha that can level cities and its pilot?
Jun
5
awarded  Commentator
Jun
5
comment What analyses exist of capitalist economies in “modern” setting RPGs?
Thank you for your answer. As I noted above in relation to "cow clickers" such as EVE, the intervention of the state/monopoly to maintain a positive balance of trade with external hard currency economies is unusual. EVE is probably one of the better datapoints given the "hands off" attitude, highly developed meta-gaming, and serious analysis. The exchange rate of "cow clicking" in EVE to USD, we see that the EVE wage is about USD0.002/hour on 2009 mission data, through USD1.56/hour on mining. Interesting figures, but how does the metagame relate to "roleplaying" cf: RPGstudies. Thanks!
Jun
5
comment What analyses exist of capitalist economies in “modern” setting RPGs?
Thank you. I've avoided "cow clickers"'s economics because of their unique "export" situation, and the willingness of the state-monopoly of the game provider to manipulate the "gold-farming" to real dollars benefits dramatically. Corey Doctorow discusses this in his didactic post-Trotskyist young adult novels. But I fear that this moves too far from RPGstudies and into Gamestudies. Given it's popularity, the absence of analysis of VtM/WoD economies is unusual. Thank you for your answer.
May
28
comment Dark Ages/Middle Ages marriage age?
I like how this complements my economistic and class based answer with an answer residing in what (I'd consider) "the superstructure," and in particular clearly pointing to the diversity of European religious responses to marriage. It reminds me of the role of "wife kidnapping" in the nobility, and draws our attention towards the structure of the chivalric "romance."
May
24
awarded  Nice Answer