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 that’s a different story…)

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.

@kellenfreeman That's understandable, though it's also hard to establish as a viable alternative if it feels like a closed clique atm. I hope these things will sort out over time... πŸ€—

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 SundΓ©n (Whirling Witchcraft) has created a fantastic resource entitled β€œThe perfect game collection to cover all occasions” over on Board Game Geek.

I know I’ll be using the β€œBest 2 player game, time: 1 - 30 minutes” section for my wife and I during the upcoming ⛄️ festival!

Which section works best for you?


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.

You’re not the product anymore. You’re a community member in your host’s ad-free server they pay for. There’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.

@TimClare There are indeed two characteristics of auction games at play here: they're usually high in both skills required and player interaction. Which is a fun combination in the right circumstances, but can make a game fall apart in the wrong ones.

I do think there are other genres that can be great fun even when skill levels are more unmatched, but I'll need more time to come up with a good example πŸ˜‚

@Georgios No, I don't think it was particularly theme related, though I do see how that could happen. In this case it was rather one or two players not really buying into the game and the calculations it requires πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

@TimClare What I mean is that auction games are particularly prone to one or two players playing rather erratically and effectively making the game pointless for the whole table.

Definitely need to play Ra again, it's been a long time... πŸ˜‰

@benosteen l see it as a particular limitation of (most) auction games as they can simply be not fun / frustrating if players aren't quite evenly matched, much more than in other genres.

I love For Sale, but I don't think it's very different in that respect. πŸ€” I'll need to play Ra again, from what I remember it might indeed create a different feel. πŸ˜‡

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? πŸ€”

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 you’re in a position to do so (you can donate as much or as little as you want). Let’s make sure we don’t ruin this place by overwhelming it without making the effort to give back, yeah? 😊

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.


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