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Google+ Migration

Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock–or at least very isolated from social media–for the past few days you’ll have no doubt heard the news that apparently Google+ is officially circling the drain.

I woke up this morning to a flood of stories like this one

https://thenextweb.com/google/2018/10/08/google-plus-dead-security-flaw/

It would appear that–due to a security issues discovered by Google and lack of use–they’ve decided to shut down their social network over the course of the next 10 months, with it being gone by August 2019. Personally I think this is a great shame, whilst Google+ has never scaled the dizzying heights of public visibility that social media giant Facebook has, there were a few things it did that I really liked:

  • There were some great communities chock-full of great links to RPG material and interesting discussion.
  • It was blissfully free of the flame-wars and rampaging arguments that seem to rage across Facebook like seasonal storms.
  • Originally it served as a handy gateway to Google Hangouts, before Hangouts was largely neutered, lost most of it’s apps and just became is shit(er) version of Skype.

So what do we do now?

Well one of the budding new social media sites that seems to be cleaning up at the minute is MeWe, numerous RPG-based community groups have sprung up over there in the hours since the future departure of Google+ was announced, many migrating from Google. The social network seems to have a fairly similar interface to Facebook and will certainly be easy to grasp for those used to the social-media giant.

I think it’s too early yet to say whether or not MeWe is going to emerge as a spiritual successor to Google+, there are people trumpeting other networks and even hearkening back to the days when forums were the thing for hobby-based interactions on the internet.

Whether or not Google+ does finally die though, it’s good to see we have options; in the meantime I’ve created a Google+ account for myself in order to interact with those communities moving over there, you can find me at:

https://mewe.com/i/reddicediaries

Fate Core Character – Sebastian Crow

Playing in a Mad Max inspired Fate Core one-shot this evening hosted by Ian F. White, very much looking forward to it.

We were given the following background info (please note I didn’t write the background info it was provided to us by Ian F. White the host of the game):

Relevant points in my interpretation of the world of Mad Max:

(Some of the following points do not hold up to detailed scrutiny, but we’re going to gloss over that fact in the name of entertainment and playability.)

• There was a limited nuclear war a few years ago, amongst the nations of the Northern Hemisphere.
• Nuclear radiation fallout, famine, drought, and civil war combined to decimate the world-wide population, and the global civilization as a whole, collapsed.
• The world quickly ran out of stored processed fuel and munitions. Therefore, fuel is scarce, guns are scarcer.
• Most major cities still operate to some degree. Enclaves were formed by groups of survivors around strategic resources.
• The land in between these Cities and Enclaves descended into lawlessness, occasionally punctuated by a lone farmstead or trading post.
• Anyone travelling through these lawless areas would have a vehicle (personal or shared), and be constantly on the lookout for more gasoline…

Character background and lead-in to the scenario:

• What type of vehicle do you (and your ‘partner’ if applicable) drive?
• What weaponry do you favour?
• Why the hell are you trying to make a living in the Australian Outback?
• How do you know the entrepreneur Donny “Spider” Webster?
• In what form is the message “Met me at Fifi’s on the 23rd. Spider” delivered to you?

Here is a link to the character that I have created Sebastian Crow.ron perlman

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByVpAo4rxDGuVUJSampJTGMtb0k&authuser=0

And the extra background info:

• What type of vehicle do you (and your ‘partner’ if applicable) drive?
A rusty looking (but well maintained) motorbike covered with religious symbols.

• What weaponry do you favour?
A shotgun that Crow refers to as the Sword of Azrael.

• Why the hell are you trying to make a living in the Australian Outback?
Crow believes that (as he lost his faith & then found it) this harsh new world is a test, a new flood or crucible designed to forge man into something better than he was, but to do that people need to be show the way. He travels the outback looking for signs from the Lord.

• How do you know the entrepreneur Donny “Spider” Webster?
Crow has a monetary arrangement with Spider, given Spiders contacts he keeps an eye out for anything weird that might be a sign and lets Crow know in return for regular payments.

• In what form is the message “Met me at Fifi’s on the 23rd. Spider” delivered to you?
Spider knows that Sebastian has a soft spot for youngsters (believing them to be innocent and undeserving of the harsh world created by their parents), so he sends a youth with the message.

sebastian crow

Problem with recording last nights Jadepunk game

So, we had a really fun game of Jadepunk this evening, some very emotional scenes and great dialogue between the characters, old friends saying their final farewells, new allies appearing, wounds healed and the merciless attitudes of some revealed as Kausao spirals towards war with the Aerum Empire. All this sounds great I’m sure, and it was great at the time, thoroughly enjoyable to run and participate in; however upon reviewing the streamed video Google+ has completely failed to pick up the sounds of one of the players.

This is really a shame given that the session featured the introduction of a new character, the Alhmac blood priestess Coaxche (played by Thashif), with some great roleplaying by Thashif, portraying a character slightly uncomfortable with the trappings of the civilised world.

I did briefly consider annotating the missing key speeches but I think that would take too long so I think I’m just going to record a summary of the session and then upload it.