Not Everything Is A Clue – Ch 170-173

Chapters 170-173: Inflating D’s

Nerd Sniping

For next week — 174-176

174. The Blade of the Self
175. High Concept
176. Warrens

Cakoluchiam’s stellar Character Sheet

Steven’s Predictions – Everything is a Clue

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  1. I think the reason the parents are divorced is Uther. In his formative years Uther saw a prime example of what a taboo against divorce can do and he shaped legislation and culture accordingly. In his nation it was known that dead marriages must be buried.

  2. Accumulated notes:

    – A dragon is much more like a dragon than a hurricane, well spotted!

    – I was thinking about Dungeons and Dragons, and had a nifty idea for a oneshot: okay, so there’s a genre of (web)fiction centered around dungeons, where a dungeon is some sort of stationary power nexus that builds things and accumulates monsters around itself and has to fight adventurers that enter it (ie. Bullfrog’s Dungeon Keeper as the genre starter (?), Dungeoneer, Dungeon Keeper Ami (pls update :( ) and probably a bunch of Korean examples I don’t know). And. So. You enter a dungeon, and it’s all eldritch and spooky, angles are shifting around you, rooms are changing layout, monsters are glitching between locations – and the reason you find at the end of the adventure is that a wyvern has found the dungeon core and they’ve totally hit it off, and the reason everything is glitching is because the dungeon core is being moved around. So now you have to fight a dungeon – *riding/being carried by a dragon.* I think this is as peak Dungeons and Dragons as it is possible to get. Also, “dungeon” no longer looks like a word, send help.

    – Apropos, the term you were looking for was “semantic satiation”, from “satiate”, to become sated, ie. not hungry. That said, satiation and saturation are near-synonyms as technical terms.

    – You misunderstand the way of the Dad Humor! Joon’s dad probably knew perfectly well what Dungeons & Dragons was like, as you need to have a good level of knowledge to say something that seemingly obvious yet brutally uninformed.

    – This is a real game that you can actually play: 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel

    – The scenes with Joon’s mom were *so* uncomfortably cringe.

    Finally: you’re gonna hate me for this, but you know what’s *totally* magical realism? Stephen King’s Dark Tower. Actually, everything Stephen King has ever written. Dare you to disagree.

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