For all that I sometimes dislike living in a wee city (I mean comparatively with US cities and all that), I love that it means that certain folk I know crop up in different circles at different points in my life. Like, someone who I attend a game jam with turns out to be pals with my boyfriend; someone who was my former-flatmate’s gamemaster in uni five years ago turns out to be on one of my besties’ dweeb lists; one of my co-workers in a previous job turned out to have worked in the shop across the street from me in the town i grew up in 32 miles away; four years ago i nabbed a dude’s twix at a concert, and then half a year later we dated, and the girlfriend of the woman i went to that concert with has writing in a zine I got last year.
Im seeing more and more of this word “normcore”
What is going on
It’s a new fashion trend. It consists of dressing like, uhm, normal people, as in jeans and windbreakers and bumbags. Your average middle-aged person.
Thats not even normal tho, thats weird
normcore sounds like the fashion equivalent of a straight pride parade
Hi! I’m Pauli Kohberger aka madamluna. You may remember me from last year’s wildly successful Pulse Pounding Heart Stopping Dating Sim Jam, aka #pphsjam! I’ve had some interest in creating a new one, so I’ve been rolling around ideas in my head.
However, I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking about how rigorous the demands of “one weekend to produce a game” are. This kind of strict deadline puts a lot of pressure on everyone involved. Even if I say “oh, you can submit after the deadline!”, the psychological stress it creates is pretty notable, and compressing all this stuff into three days excludes a lot of people who may not have the strength, time, or circumstances to sit down and hammer things out in that time.
To solve this problem, I’ve been thinking of expanding the Dating Sim Jam into the entirety of
April 2014sometime not right after NaNoRenO, turning it into Dating Sim Month. I’ll remove the hard deadline, allow people to submit at any time during the month (and afterwards, too), and spend that time posting resources, tutorials, techniques, game and developer profiles? I would need some volunteers to make this work, but I’m sure I can find some :^)
If this gets the a-ok all around, I’ll make another post announcing it, calling for volunteers, etc. I’ve never organized a project on this scale before, but hey, I’ll do my best.
Please feel free to shoot me an ask, leave a reply, email me (madamluna24 at gmail dot com) or contact me on Twitter (@madamluna) to let me know what you think. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked or any other accommodations that need to be made, please let me know! I want this event to be as safe and inclusive as possible.
[Tangent: Eventually I may give this event a different name, because while dating sims are cool and I encourage people to interpret the genre as broadly as they want, I don’t like the idea of constraining this event “just” to dating sims, you know? One year is cool, two years is okay, but devoting so much time to one theme/genre might be doing ourselves a disservice. This is something I gotta think more on, though, so I won’t commit to it right away.]
A longer window for a game jam is an amazing idea! If it’s any help as a suggestion: Sophie Houlden hosted the 7-day Fishing Game Jam last year, where you could basically choose any seven days around a specific set of dates (May 20th-27th, plus or minus a week) in which to start developing your game, which I personally thought was brilliant (it meant you had more leeway if you had other things going on around the same time, but also meant you’d always find people doing the jam at any time). Hope it helps!
Do any folk familiar with Twine know if there’s a way (in-built, macros or whatever) where you can click a hyperlink in a given passage to change a variable, without that hyperlink taking you to a new passage?
Just because I haven’t actually talked about what I’m up to recently:
this has been ur mitch psa. thank you for shopping with mitch. <3
the slang men have made up to talk about sex and masturbation is truly bizarre sometimes
like who the fuck thought it was sexy to call it “busting a nut”
its properly harrowing when you realise how much of our (men’s) language for sex is based around physical violence & coercive domination, not even in a ~sexy dom w/ consent~ kinda way, even when we’re describing ourselves/our own roles in sex
its like we don’t even want to be thought of as sexy/sexual, we just want to have won at some contest of physical prowess, or at least “tore up”, “mashed” or “wrecked” the other person enough. like wtf, sex isn’t tekken, if anything it’s closer to a sensual massage for fucks sake