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OK, let's do thisโ€ฆ Hi, I'm Markus! ๐Ÿ‘‹ You might know me as the guy behind recommend.games/ ๐ŸŽฒ

On the other site I was known as @MarkusRShepherd@twitter.com and here I've used @MarkusRShepherd for a while.

I'm originally from ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, lived in ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง for a while, now in ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ, so my timeline might be a bit of a mix. ๐Ÿ˜…

Mostly here for , but still a at heart. ๐Ÿค“ I've got two young daughters that I try very hard to introduce to games. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Random thought of the day: is competitive play compatible with empathy?

If yes, what does it look like?

If no, what does play teach us?

China, protests 

A much more sobering example of how a resemblance to an image in our collective memory can instantly convey a relationship. #ChinaProtests

It feels like Mastodon is one really great third-party client away from being mainstream-ready, on the UX front at least.
The same thing happened with Twitter years ago: Third-party apps like DestroyTwitter, Tweetie (which became Twitter for iPhone), and Tweetbot helped redefine the mainstream UX of the service, in a hugely positive way. (Until Twitter shut a lot of them down, anyway, but thatโ€™s a different storyโ€ฆ)

Twitter detox? It's real. 

As someone who's been here all of 3 weeks:

Twitter started as a mircroblogging tool but morphed into a (toxic) behavior modification tool. If you were extremely on Twitter, yr behavior was supremely modded by Twitter. Algorithmically.

The Twitter algo rewired our brains into chasing it & gaming it & tricked us into thinking we could "solve" it.

Twitter rewired us to view communication as one-sided collisions & encourage as many collisions as possible.

Is there a way to new members to tabletop.social? I've looked around the web interface and don't see any options. Or can only @host add new people here at the moment?

Game designer Erik Sundรฉn (Whirling Witchcraft) has created a fantastic resource entitled โ€œThe perfect game collection to cover all occasionsโ€ over on Board Game Geek.

I know Iโ€™ll be using the โ€œBest 2 player game, time: 1 - 30 minutesโ€ section for my wife and I during the upcoming โ›„๏ธ festival!

Which section works best for you?

boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/306

Alright table top designers, let's all try to find each other on this by posting your favorite/obscure design tips. One that came up last week:

Your cards will be viewed from different sides around the table so someone will see it sideways or upside down unlike in digital so don't stress about the orientation too much if it's not perfect.

Youโ€™re not the product anymore. Youโ€™re a community member in your hostโ€™s ad-free server they pay for. Thereโ€™s no venture capitalist payday coming for them. Everything you do here costs your host a little bit of money. Find out how you can chip in.

Just played a round of and I've realised something. have a fundamental limitation: they heavily rely on the players' skills to work. Some players may overbid and effectively take themselves out of the game, others might gauge a value wrong and throw an easy win to the player after them. Are there any games that somehow overcame this problem? ๐Ÿค”

If you download your #Twitter archive it arrives wrapped as a static HTML page, which is not very useful for doing anything with, and worse: it requires the original account to be still active to do useful things like enlarge the images since they use t.co links.

So here's a #Python script to convert a Twitter archive to #markdown or other formats: github.com/timhutton/twitter-a

Now you can archive your tweets in any way you want.

Just signed up for a monthly donation to tabletop.social and I encourage you to do the same if youโ€™re in a position to do so (you can donate as much or as little as you want). Letโ€™s make sure we donโ€™t ruin this place by overwhelming it without making the effort to give back, yeah? ๐Ÿ˜Š

I've added a little button to the post-writing area on mathstodon.xyz's web interface, to make the #LaTeX #math features more discoverable.

Click the icon labelled "f(x)" and pick inline or display mode. Then write LaTeX! Click on the autocomplete suggestion to replace it with the unicode equivalent, which will be legible on other instances

Mastodon habits I'm trying to lock in, rather than revert to my Twitter habits:

1) use CWs liberally
2) when threading, set first post to "public" and the rest to "not listed"
3) don't forget the description text when posting images (had to work on that in Twitter too)
4) throw in hashtags like it was Tumblr or Instagram when you want to reach beyond your followers
5) pin and visit hashtags to find more people
6) boost a lot

I've donated to support mathstodon, and you can too! This was set up recently, and doesn't appear on the about page yet because, well, the admins are *really* busy! If you can, consider a contribution.

ko-fi.com/mathstodon

If you don't like clicking through content warnings on your feed, you can use your settings to always show the full post. Under Appearance, scroll down to Sensitive Content, and click 'always show media...' and 'always expand posts...'. Simple! No content warning clicking for you, but yes content warnings for everyone who does want them! (please use content warnings in your own posts)

PSA: Please CW your eye-contact images. 

And I can imagine some (thankfully, not all) of the new people here wondering "gee, you guys are so sensitive, what's wrong with that?"

Well, here's the gist:

#Neurodivergent and #ActuallyAutistic folks in here :neurodiversity:โ€‹ do not appreciate images with eye contact, and much less images of angry guys cursing at you and looking at your eyes (yes, there was a post like that in my timeline; I've also seen elsewhere images of people laughing and pointing at the camera - I was bullied in school, how do you think that makes me feel? ๐Ÿ˜ขโ€‹)

Even nice people smiling at you are still disturbing for neurodivergent folks.

"But if that's so disturbing, why didn't they complain before?"

And the answer to that is, YES, THEY HAVE, and they were harassed TO HELL.

So the reason why you never heard of people complaining about eye-contact images in twitter is because, as most neurodivergent folk, we've learned that raising our voice in front of hundreds or thousands of bullies is not going to result in anything good.

So you know what happened to these neurodivergent folks who were pushed away from twitter?

We moved to somewhere else. And that somewhere else is HERE.

Would you kindly consider that? Thanks in advance.

:rainbow_meeple:โ€‹:red_meeple:โ€‹:blue_meeple:โ€‹:teal_meeple:โ€‹:green_meeple:โ€‹:yellow_meeple:โ€‹:white_meeple:โ€‹:grey_meeple:โ€‹

I am so stoked that there are meeple emojis here!!๐Ÿ˜โ€‹ I've only had access to them on BGG. It's so nice to have them on a different platform. Yay!! ๐ŸŽ‰โ€‹

Just a reminder about Mastodon.

Try not to directly upload videos here.
You have to remember that these videos have to be stored on the server that you're hosted on.

This would also eat up on available bandwidth, storage and memory resources of said servers and slow them down. Which would force server hosts to upgrade at a substantial cost.

Suggested idea...

Upload to Peertube, Vimeo or other video streaming services and share the link to the video here instead.

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*wheels out another stack for #fediblock *

nicecrew[DOT]digital
husk[DOT]site
fedi[DOT]intkos[DOT]link
novoa[DOT]nagoya
mugicha[DOT]club
iddqd[DOT]social
leafposter[DOT]club
beefyboys[DOT]win

All these are bad. Just toss 'em.

One thing I keep coming back to when it comes to rulebooks and rules explanations, is that players need to understand what they actually *do* in the game.

This is often conflated with which rules they have to follow, or how an action is translated into the game's theme.

But the first step is knowing you have to play cards, or keep others from placing tokens, or combining actions, etc. It's only after understanding these core elements, that you can expand into theme and the limits set by rules.

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