Lion of the Blogosphere

Natural 20

If you can’t play Dungeons & Dragons yourself, this is the next best thing.

Although actually, I didn’t find it that amusing, but maybe it gets better as the series goes on?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 30, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. Really cute. She looks like Amy Irving c. 1976 in “Carrie”.

    sestamibi

    June 30, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    • I presume you mean Lauren Shippen (Alara) and not the short skinny girl whose name is Anna Lore, although she looks cuter in her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anna_lore/?hl=en

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 30, 2018 at 3:36 PM

      • This doesn’t seem like my cup of tea but that skinny one, Anna Lore, seems like she might have a lot of funny. She might have a future.

        Mike Street Station

        June 30, 2018 at 4:34 PM

      • Is there a woman anywhere on Instagram who doesn’t have motivation blather littering her account? This one says “Just because you have a moment of weakness doesn’t mean you are weak.” Uh, ok, thanks for that I guess.

        What drives this need to project these banalities out into the world?

        Curle

        July 1, 2018 at 12:28 PM

      • The world is becoming like the first episode of season 3 of Black Mirror, “Nosedive.”

      • Wait, that’s Lauren Shippen? Her fiction podcast, “The Bright Sessions”, is pretty good.

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM

      • Yes, I’ve been enjoying The Bright Sessions when I have nothing to do at work! Not finished listening yet. (Although I wish it was less gay.)

      • Yes, absolutely. This is a good example of piece of culture that is made worse by the influence of SJWs. Would be more enjoyable if there was 0 gay and nothing about the inspiring homeless black veteran. Also, there was a plot development at the end of season 3 that I found so annoying, I never finished the episode, much less continue to season 4.

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 1, 2018 at 7:10 PM

  2. The best thing is to not play or watch D&D at all.

    destructure

    June 30, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    • and those who do should be sent to concentration camps.

      allan quartermain

      June 30, 2018 at 10:20 PM

      • Indeed. Let the punishment fit the crime!

        destructure

        July 1, 2018 at 2:46 PM

  3. “Harmonquest” is a better introduction to the genre.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HarmonQuest

    It’s like animated improv comedy meets AD&D.

    I’m not recommending that you download torrents of this series at your favorite torrent site, but I’m not NOT recommending that you do it either.

    Comic Book Nerd

    June 30, 2018 at 3:28 PM

  4. Cute concept but the acting is sub par.

    toomanymice

    June 30, 2018 at 3:54 PM

  5. Having never played this game or anything like it, I have a hard time understanding the appeal.

    But I occasionally drive by a local business that (I think) organizes and provides a space for table-top roll-playing games, and it often looks pretty busy. I suppose this is better than computer gaming.

    We all look for temporary escapes from our lives… from reading novels to watching television to playing games to casino gambling to alcohol and drugs. There is something kind of sad about all of it.

    What did hunter/gatherers do with their spare time? Did they have any?

    SQ

    June 30, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    • They drew stuff on cave walls, they told stories by the fire, etc.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 30, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    • What is sad about the need for intellectual, emotional, physical, and sexual stimulation?

      Aside from basic biological functions (breathing, sleeping, eating, drinking, shitting, pissing, sweating, and fucking), most of our time and energy is spent finding ways to alleviate the boredom and stress of human existence. At a fundamental level, the vast majority of human activity (including the construction and maintenance of technological civilization) is “worthless” and “pointless” in the sense that it does not further the propagation of our species. But it does give us something to do.

      What we call “civilization” came about because, hundreds of thousands of years ago, a bunch of cavemen got tired of smearing mud on the walls and started carving bones into new and interesting shapes – for the lulz, you see. In time, these bones were honed into primitive tools; over the millennia, the tools grew ever more complex. As Kubrick demonstrated in 2001, one can draw a direct line from a blunt club to an orbital nuclear-weapons platform, from a stick and some dirt to an iPad, from a dried bearskin to a Versace original.

      When I was a child, my mother kept me on a very tight leash. She was a shopaholic (and a hoarder), so I spent most of my youth hanging around department stores (and such other environments that bore young boys to tears), waiting for her to finish yet another bargain hunt. As such, I developed a high tolerance for boredom.

      One of my techniques was to memorize the calendar, so that I could turn random numbers into dates.

      I’ll write more about this later, as I have to go now.

      Stan Adams

      June 30, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    • All right. Here is more about the date thing:

      I went to Barnes & Noble earlier to get my free drink for the month. (The coupon expires today.) While waiting, I glanced at a box of Tazo Chai tea sitting on the counter. The box had a serial number of some kind printed underneath the expiration date at the top: 10218061806.

      102180 = October 21, 1980
      61806 = June 18, 2006

      Off the top of my head, I knew that October 21 fell on a Tuesday in 1980. That was the day Kim Kardashian was born.

      In 2006, June 18 fell on a Sunday.

      In 1994, June 17 fell on a Friday. It was on that day that Robert Kardashian (Kim’s father) first gained a small measure of fame. O.J. Simpson escaped from Kardashian’s house before the police could take him into custody on double-murder charges. Kardashian read, for the TV cameras, a suicide note that Simpson had written for the public. (He wrote two other such notes – one for his kids, one for his mother.)

      Incidentally, on June 17, 1994, I was on vacation in Nevada with my family. I was a kid at the time, but I remember sitting in the hotel room watching the O.J. chase on TV.

      On June 18, 2006, I wasn’t doing anything special. But on Thursday, June 8, of that year I took a long train ride through the state of Florida. I took the train back home on Sunday, June 11.

      On the trip home, the train was delayed for several hours due to a tropical storm. Once aboard, I went to the snack car to buy a hot dog. The attendant selling the snacks was one of the rudest and most ill-mannered black guys that I’d ever met – and that’s saying something. The black family standing in line behind me started egging him on, insulting me openly. It was an awful situation, but in the end I got my hot dog.

      You may or may not find this narrative interesting, but memorizing and recalling these facts helps me alleviate my boredom.

      Stan Adams

      June 30, 2018 at 7:55 PM

      • Marilu Henner also has an eidetic memory for dates and events.

        toomanymice

        July 1, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    • According to Ray Davies, solitary cave men in deep dark jungles spent their playtime chewing meat from bones.

      http://www.reasontorock.com/tracks/education.html

      Gozo

      June 30, 2018 at 8:07 PM

    • did they have any?

      they had 3x more than contemporary ‘mer’cans. who is so dumb he doesn’t know this already?

      allan quartermain

      June 30, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    • Hunter gatherers had lots of free time. They lived well below the carrying capacity of the environment (probably due to homicide keeping the population down). So, unless some event caused famine, they could get enough food and other resources to live on relatively easily. Probably pretty easy to imagine what they did the rest of the time. They took naps, went for walks, gossiped, told ghost stories, discussed philosophy with their friends, played with their kids, made art, planned religious rituals, got in fights, had sex. It’s because we involved in an environment where people had free time that we naturally want free time now.

      Greg Pandatshang

      June 30, 2018 at 11:23 PM

    • Living stone age cultures (like the yanomamo) spend their time hunting, gathering plants, preparing food, making weapons, warring against/ defending from neighboring tribes, kidnapping women and children, determining the supernatural source of illness and curses, taking hallucinogens, getting drunk, dancing, observing religious events, and weaving baskets.

      toomanymice

      July 1, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    • Some of us drink and do drugs to Enhance our lives thank you very much.

      EzE

      July 1, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    • That’s how golf started- shepherds whacking a clump of dung around while they followed their flocks around the dunes.

      Commercial-Residential

      July 1, 2018 at 12:34 PM

  6. Talk about Alone with Her. It’s about incels.

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 30, 2018 at 6:49 PM

  7. Sorry, but this is just gay and cringe. It’s part of the recent trend of “hot girls” getting into nerdy things, for reasons I don’t fully understand. You can see it in gaming, in “coding” and now in dungeons and dragons.

    DestroyedByWOW

    June 30, 2018 at 8:55 PM

    • Too bad there were no hot girls into nerdy things back in the day 😦

      So does this mean that D&D is cool all of a sudden?

      • I played D&D a few months ago for the first time in like 20 years. There was indeed a hot girl. And I was the only straight guy there, even. Based on this anecdote, I wouldn’t assume that D&D is cool now; this woman was actually fairly awkward and nerdy; she just happened to be born with hotness genes. Unfortunately, I really didn’t get along with her on a personality level at all and am not good-looking enough – or, at any rate, not confident enough – to go around romancing attractive women that I don’t actually like. I wish hot girls would develop better personalities so I would want something more than just sex from them.

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 1, 2018 at 12:43 AM

      • Generation X nerds are taking over more and more cultural space by replaying their childhood and teen interests and turning them into pop culture.

        Artifact

        July 1, 2018 at 2:30 AM

    • These are certainly not alpha hot girls as they are choosing to evade the more dominant competition of their sex for better quality (higher status) men – no offense to roleplayers and comic geeks.

      Many of these girls are basically seeking easy-bake flattery as opposed to feeling ashamed by being outclassed in a social network more commensurate with their attractiveness (implying female’s can rise in rank according to their attractiveness). Having said that, they are likely more cerebral and may find the status chasing game insufferable and find contentment in socializing through game play.

      A Dilettante

      July 1, 2018 at 3:25 PM

  8. lion’s autism is sad.

    allan quartermain

    June 30, 2018 at 10:17 PM

    • Why is it autistic to enjoy a 10 minute humorous video about Dungeons & Dragons?

    • Bullshit. I think his autism is charming. Are you even a fan??

      Greg Pandatshang

      July 1, 2018 at 12:28 AM

  9. So what is the game plan, insofar as one even exists, about the whole “Abolish ICE” thing the Left is doing?

    Pelosi and the Dem establishment have done a pretty good job of getting out ahead of all the impeachment stuff and, if not shutting it down completely, at least minimizing it. But even the establishment wing of the Democrats are all in with abolishing ICE.

    Abolish ICE is electoral suicide. Where are the Dems going with this?

    Otis the Sweaty

    July 1, 2018 at 12:54 AM

  10. DKos thread about the coming civil war: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/6/30/1776865/-Colonel-Wilkerson-not-sure-military-with-us-in-event-of-insurrection-by-Trump-s-legions

    commentor “AngryAllen” points out to all the Kostards that the military would overwhelmingly side with Trump in a civil war. Not “the Constitution”.

    Otis the Sweaty

    July 1, 2018 at 1:10 AM

    • I wouldn’t bank on that. I believe the military is around 40% minority, I don’t know if that includes fags and trannies, Here we see the military overwhelmingly supported Obama over Romney http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2012/10/armed-forces-show-overwhelming-supp/

      People think that anyone who joins the military is motivated by patriotism, not so, they want the free stuff is all. The military of today, as big business (and maybe not so big), has been a destabilizing force towards the American culture.

      They would behave largely as the police have behaved during the antifa-trumpists conflagrations

      EzE

      July 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM

  11. Ignore the haters, Lion, this was pretty amusing. I don’t know, maybe I have a low bar, as I haven’t played D&D in years and even the last D&D-related humour I remember was this:

    Truth is, I sometimes really miss fantasy role-playing but the computer RPGs don’t quite satisfy (the newer ones appear to be more about grinding than good story-telling), and real-life players are invariably like the losers depicted in the video (or worse!).

    S.J., Esquire

    July 1, 2018 at 7:54 AM

    • Actually on second viewing these guys really aren’t that bad, I’d hang out with them, as long as my extremist right-wing politics didn’t clash with them too much.

      S.J., Esquire

      July 1, 2018 at 2:55 PM

  12. What in the world is this??? Seriously, i’m not being sarcastic…

    uman

    July 1, 2018 at 9:39 AM


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