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


Jun
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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
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May
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May
24
revised What are the basic costs of living in an Eberron campaign setting?
added "economy" tag
May
24
comment Dark Ages/Middle Ages marriage age?
Högberg & others, "Maternal Deaths in Medieval Sweden: …" J. Biosoc Sci 19 1987: 495ff 3/330 deaths, 10% survival rate for females to 60. Hellworth The Reproductive Unconscious in medieval and early modern England p46 "as high as 15 to 20 percent". Sweden is at the low end of wealth, England at the mid point of wealth in medieval society. I would suggest women under 50, and all men would attempt to remarry.
May
24
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May
24
revised Dark Ages/Middle Ages marriage age?
add Anderson and Zinsser citation
May
24
comment Dark Ages/Middle Ages marriage age?
I clarified the immediately RPG useful section of the answer, so other users don't have user867's experience.
May
24
revised Dark Ages/Middle Ages marriage age?
clarify presentation of age of first marriage for use in RPGs; typos
May
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May
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answered Dark Ages/Middle Ages marriage age?
May
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May
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comment What analyses exist of capitalist economies in “modern” setting RPGs?
There's a gap between the work of MM Postan and suggesting we replace a gp payouts with an sp payouts. That gap seems to be filled with analysis of fantasy medieval economics in RPGs. Similarly there seems to be a gap between Marx, Keynes or Hayek and Pentex Corporation, or of the price of Miniguns in corporate warfare, or of the story purpose and impact of modern fiscally motivated adventuring and loot payoffs. I'm not aware of who fills this gap.
May
15
comment How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game?
"As the players listen to each other's stories, the subjective consensus tends to converge on an accepted reality." It may be possible to work around this by framing the play in a different genre. RPG tends to use journalistic or realist novel modes. Boasting sessions encourage participants to accept, extend and elaborate past contributions; for a modern example, the rap battle. Shifting from a naïve representational mode of literature, to a competitive mode (at the literary level) may help. "Well he said he gone done murdered me but I playin' possum, haw."
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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answered Why do characters with a high prime requisite gain bonus XP?
May
8
asked Optimisation analysis of AD&D 2nd edition (2e) Charisma (NPC reaction + Henchmen)
May
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