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Advice, Bad, and Saw: prokopetz Whether you're writing for a video game or a tabletop game, the secret to effective lore is cow tools Back in 1982, Gary Larson drew the following panel for the newspaper comic The Far Side: 1962 Cow tools According to Larson, it was simply meant to be a faintly surreal joke about how cows would be bad at making tools; it intends no deeper commentary. However, in the decades since, it's become by far the comic's most asked about panel. People want to know why cows are making tools, what aspect of society it's commenting on, and most critically, they want to know what the tools are for. The one on the right kind of resembles a carpenter's saw, which leads folks to believe that the other three must have some obvious function too, if only they could puzzle it out. But they don't. They're just random shapes, and the comic as a whole was never intended to actually mean anything. I've become convinced that that's the real secret to effective worldbuilding in gaming media. Certainly, the "core" of the setting should make sense, but all the peripheral stuff surrounding it? Just throw in a bunch of incomprehensible bullshit seasoned with the occasional bit that almost makes sense, and people will seize on those bits and ratonalise all the rest of it for you - and what they come up with is generally going to be way more interesting than whatever your original plan was, if indeed you had one at all. Then, once they've figured it all out, just nod sagely, congratulate their cleverness, and keep your damn mouth shut vilikemorgenthal Some golden advice for writers who think they must come up with it all.
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Bad, Crime, and Target: t a r s W o rl d HIMARUYA HIDEKAZ The world-famous JC4 is now on sal! He can't help but show off, can he? ion BIG BROTHER CAN'T HELP BEING SO CHARMING HE EVEN ATTRACTS THE BIRDS IT'S A CRIME ISN'T IT? 个| AROUND 1700 BACK THEN, FRANCE WAS THE CENTER DOF CULTURE. THIS STORY TAKES PLACE 4 INAN ERA WHEN IT WOULD NOT BE AN EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT FRANCE WAS THE ONE CREATING EuROPE'S STYLISH TRENDS WHY DO I HAFTA SPY ON A PLAYBOY BASTARD LIKE FRANCE? EVEN THE KING IS REALLY OEMANDING OF HIS COUNTRY. PRUSSIA GO TO FRANCE AND GATHER SOME INFORMATION FOR ME? Hon Hon Hon Hon MR. PRUSSIA ETASCANLATIONS HETASCANLATIOnS.TUMBLR.COM NOT THAT I'M SAYING THAT I WANT YOu TO STUDY THINGS LIKE MODERN FRENCH ARCHITECTURE AND CLOTHING. SO, BEAT THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF FRANCE! THAT'S My KING, SO QuICK TO FIGHT. ABOUT KING OFIPRUSSIA BEATING UPFREDERICK CARPENTERS AND TAILORS.. YOU'RE NOT BEATING THEM LIP AINヶITA TRADITION OF MINE TO PRACTICE TL BE FRANK FRUGALITY, AND TO THROW EVERYTHING INTO THE MルITARY!? 11% MORE WITH YOU, WE VOOK SHABBY NOW...! THEREFORE, I WANT TOo IMPROVE OUR PRACTICA THAN BEING LIKE, HEY, LOOK MUCH A PO4SIBLE..! AT ME! HETASCANLATIONS HETASCANLATIONS.TUMBLR.COm IT'S COOL LIKE A WILD LITTLE BIRD RIGHT? BUT IT'S PAINFUL TO SEE YOu SURROUNDED BY THE OTHER COUNTRIES. , PRUSSIA ADVANCED FROM BEING POLAND'S PLAYMATE AND HORSE, AND GAINED INDEPENDENCE. HOWEVER, PERHAPS IT WAS BECAUSE HE WAS BORN TO FIGHT, HIS FOUNDATION WAS A BIT FLUFFY, AND A BIG REFORM WAS NECESSARY IN ORDER FOR HIM TO SURVIVE. AND SO HE DECIDED TO LEARN FROM HIS SURROUNDING COUNTRIES. .yes HETASCANLATIONS HETASCANLATIONS.TUMBLR.COM ー FREDERICK INDEPENDENT PRUSSIA'S FIRST BOSS. PRUSSIA'S KING. A CONSUMER OF FRENCH TASTES, HE WAS A BIT OF A BAD RULER, AS PRUSSIA WAS SOMEWHAT POOR FROM THE START, AND HE MADE HIS FINANCIAL SITUATION EVEN WORSE. BUT HE WAS ALSO A MAN OF CULTURE AND BROUGHT SPLENDID FRENCH FINE ART TO THE RIGIDLY MILITARISTIC PRUSSIA, WHO HAD BEEN PUTTING OFF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES LIKE FINE ART UNTIL THEN. NEXTCHARTERTOIBERELEASE ON AuGUST 4THCERIDAW hetascanlations:Hetalia World ☆ Stars - Chapter 293OriginalTranslation: y4nderenka // spaghettifelice Scanlation: cosyanetPlease link back to our Tumblr when using translated imageson other sites.
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America, Bones, and God: AN IIZI ISE. Lance Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio were on a rooftop in Helmand Province in Afghanistan on November 21, 2010 when they were attacked by enemy fighters. A live grenade landed on the roof next to both men, and without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Carpenter threw himself between the grenade and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. Eufrazio received a shrapnel injury to the head from the grenade, while Carpenter's body absorbed a majority of the explosion severely wounding him, but saving the life of Corporal Eufrazio. Carpenter suffered a depressed skull fracture requiring brain surgery, multiple broken bones in his face, lost a third of his lower jaw, a collapsed right lung, and shrapnel wounds in his extremities. Doctors at a nearby military hospital pronounced him dead on arrival, sure he wouldn't survive. He spent 2 ½ years in hospital and had over 40 surgeries. On June 19, 2014, Corporal Carpenter received the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor one can receive. A true American hero! We cannot thank you enough for your selfless service to your fellow Marine and to this country. 🇺🇸 God bless you @chiksdigscars Repost from @remembermilitary americanveterans veterans usveterans usmilitary usarmy supportveterans honorvets usvets america usa patriot uspatriot americanpatriot supportourtroops godblessourtroops ustroops americantroops semperfi military remembereveryonedeployed deplorables deployed starsandstripes americanflag usflag respecttheflag marines navy airforce

Lance Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio were on a rooftop in Helmand Province in Afghanistan on November 21, 20...

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