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Just installed Bluestacks, an android emulator that seems to run ok on my Mac and will let me play phone games from the google play store :D :D My phone crashes if I play most games, and squinting at the tiny screen hurts my eyes anyway. So I am QUITE EXCITED for the vistas opening up before me.

I want to finish up Ozmafia before starting any more dating sims, but am planning on checking out:
Mystic Messenger, Helix Waltz, the Arcana, and Lovestruck

I'm also pondering reinstalling pokemon Go though it's a little pointless when I won't be taking it anywhere (I could theoretically sit my laptop on my lap when I go out in my wheelchair but ehhh)

Sadly my favourite clicker game, Charming Keep, doesn't seem to be available.

I currently have Neko Atsume, Bonza, Alphabear and puzzlecraft 2 installed on my phone since they don't crash too much and are fun to play in little bursts when I'm waiting for a train or whatever.

Anyone have any other recs?
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Age poll!

I wasn't planning on reposting this, but looking at the results it was SEVENTY PERCENT people who just follow me on dreamwidth, and I was curious to know if that's a fair representation of the proportion of my readers who engage with my posts, or if reposting would catch a bunch of folk on faster paced sites like tumblr and twitter who missed it the first time.

So if you already did the poll, you're set! And there's even odds you were born in the 1980s ;)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 36

But!

I wasn't born in the 1980s and feel 50% erased!
14 (38.9%)

I was born in the 1980s and feel 50% called out!
14 (38.9%)

I WANT TO TICK A BOX DAMMIT!
21 (58.3%)

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Reactions masterlist and character guide, also you can see all the characters on the website.

Time for the LEAST ACCURATE ROBIN HOOD IN THE HISTORY OF LITERATURE.

I enjoyed the first 80% of this and then it took a sudden, horrifying turn into NOPE.

I started with some spoilery discussion of what I've heard about other routes, specifically the brothel route, which also gets WAY darker than I was expecting. YES. EVEN FOR A ROUTE SET IN A BROTHEL.

nnng. Adding asterixes because you really want to note this content.

**** Content note: rape, ableism ****
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Reactions masterlist and character guide, also you can see all the characters on the website.

Time for the grumpy catgirl!

So this path is supposedly platonic, and I was worried it would be VERY OVERTLY heterosexual, rather than ambiguously heterosexual in a way I could headcanon away. And luckily it was the latter and I LOVED IT.

Content notes: none I can think of! But while I don't go into it here, the path itself has some fatphobia :/
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Reactions masterlist and character guide, also you can see all the characters on the website.

Ozmafia is a silly, fluffy Japanese dating sim about an amnesiac heroine waking up in a vaguely early 20th century Italian town run by fairytale themed mafiosa (it's best not to over-think the worldbuilding, because at least so far the game has zero interest in explaining ANY of it)

There's a few things I didn't like, but overall I really enjoyed the route I played. There's no clear line between the common route and love interest path, so this is the full playthrough for the good end for my first chosen love interest: the rules oriented, tsundere, glasses wearing Axel. Who was exactly my type :D

There's also a little of me failing to woo the tsundere catgirl warrior Pashet. This is a het only game but I had to try ;_; She does have a platonic route, apparently, so I'll be looking up a walkthrough for that next.

Content Notes: fatphobia, relatively mild romantic violence (for a Japanese dating sim), discussion of potential rapeyness of plotlines
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Ozmafia is a silly, fluffy Japanese dating sim about an amnesiac heroine waking up in a vaguely Italian town run by fairytale/book themed mafiosa.

No more spoilery than the site you buy the game from.
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Age poll!

Mar. 18th, 2019 10:58 am
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A poll on age for those who follow me on social media

I did it on google docs because I'm curious to compare, say, tumblr to dreamwidth. I was going to do a location question but it got long and complex and I'm not in the mood for jokes about being Australian right now, so. Maybe another time!

(Apologies to those who are going to see this multiple times)
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Book 1 reactions and links

*adds "dead babies" and "incest subtext" to the content notes*

But actually this has been much lighter, with some entirely delightful shippiness. This is about all that's been translated so far, but the translation seems to be progressing very quickly. Two new chapters have been added in the time it's taken me to write up these posts!

Content Notes for the book in general: consent issues, sexualisation of teenagers, gore, mixed treatment of cross-dressing, self harm (sort of), dead babies, incest subtext, ANGST

And under the cut: SPOILERS for the start of Book 3, chapters 89-113
Reactions to Book 3 (Part 1) )
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Book 1 reactions and links

*points to content notes* That.

Content Notes for the book in general: consent issues, sexualisation of teenagers, gore, mixed treatment of cross-dressing, self harm (sort of), dead babies, ANGST

And under the cut: SPOILERS for Book 2, chapters 58-88
Reactions to Book 2 )
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I don't know if this will be interesting for anyone, I get quite wordy, just need a place to go "AHHHHH" and to resist rambling in a spoilery way at [personal profile] moonvoice.

So! Heavens Official Blessings/Tiān Guān Cì Fú is a Chinese m/m novel by Mò Xiāng Tóngxiù/MXTX, author of The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation and Scum Villain's Self Saving System. It's her most recent work, and the main things I knew going in were that there's no explicit sex, and that it's much angstier than the other two.

I was putting off reading it until I felt up to some angst. "On the upside," I thought, "While Chinese government censorship is appalling, and MXTX is allowed to have her kinks I find triggery, at least these won't be so much of them in this story."

I vastly underestimated the determination of a Chinese smut writer in the face of censorship lol.

I really enjoyed Book 1 but am having complicated feelings about Book 2, thus the need for a place to go AHHH. I started writing this at about chapter 80, near the end of Book 2, but am going to divide these posts by Book, to help others avoid spoilers.

Summary:
The main character, Xie Lian, is a former golden child who ascended to god-hood at the age of seventeen full of idealistic intentions...and it went so badly he spent 800 years as a God of Trash. As the story begins, he's gotten another chance at real godhood, but at this point is cheerfully cynical about his odds of ever actually achieving anything meaningful. But while he's doing Heaven's bidding, Xie Lian encounters a strangely charming demon king who seems to know him...

English translation:
Chapters 1-20
Chapters 21 on (Currently up to 111 of 240)

My Reactions:
Book 1: This post!
Book 2
Book 3 (Part 1)

Content Notes for the book in general: consent issues, sexualisation of teenagers, gore, violence, mixed treatment of cross-dressing, self harm (sort of), dead babies,, ANGST

And under the cut: SPOILERS for Book 1, chapters 1-57
Reactions to Book 1 )
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I contacted them three weeks ago about being made mod of a community I'm in whose sole mod has deleted her account and vanished, and haven't gotten any response asides from an automated message saying it will be "answered as soon as possible".

Does anyone know: Should I just keep waiting, or is it better to contact them again? Is there some more reliable method than using the support request form? It's what they say to do.
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For some reason I like getting those sorts of comments but find them hard to reply to, so am giving myself not-replying amnesty, but they were all much appreciated (as will be any future ones)
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[personal profile] distantcam doesn't actually read dreamwidth but I'm POSTING THIS ANYWAY.

That's 20 years of dating, we've only been married for 12 years, but we don't care about that so much. It's strange looking back on 20 years together, thinking about how much has happened and how much we've changed. We had NO IDEA what we were doing at 19 (me) and 21 (Cam), so the fact we tumbled into a functional relationship that's survived 20 years of ups and downs feels like a miracle. I mean we did try very hard to communicate honestly etc. We just didn't expect that to work.

We met at a party in December 1998, where we were both avoiding unwanted suitors and wanting distraction from recent breakups. So when we found ourselves next to a cute, charming stranger on a two person couch we avoided our usual self consciousness/over-thinking, all I AM TALKING TO THIS CUTIE AND STAYING WHERE I AM AND HAVING FUN, SCREW YOU UNIVERSE. And then it turned out we were both enrolled in 3rd year computer science at the same uni in 1999, so we avoided lectures together in the scifi club and bonded. At a party in early March we both made a concerted effort to flirt with each other and got our wires largely crossed, but somehow figured out we were mutually interested just in time for my dad to come pick me up to go home. And on March 8 1999 we sat next to each other in the scifi club and slowly and shyly held hands and then after like...two hours one of us asked "So are we...dating...??" and the other one said "I think so???" and the rest is history :D

I remember emailing our mutual friend [personal profile] gelignite to say that I wasn't sure it would last but Cam was nice so far. AND HERE WE ARE.

And here's to another 20 years more :)
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Including Fury!Chizuru, and other art for Hakuoki, Nameless, and Dragon Age. Because Dragon Age is totally a dating sim :D

Content Note: A little blood
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Masterlist of Dandelion posts

The prospect of actually playing through all the bad ends and their attendant stat raising was incredibly unappealing, so I mostly looked them up on youtube and skipped through anything too boring or depressing.

I guess I'm glad I did it for completeness sake? Some of it was quite creepy D:

Content note: relationship abuse, parental abuse, consent issues, non-consensual drugging, sadness
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An Archive Of Our Own (AO3) is an archive for fanworks. Any work posted there needs to be given a title, a fandom, a rating (from "General Audiences" to "Explicit", with the option to pick "No Rating"), and warnings. Here's the AO3's guide to using warnings, note that it deals with some possibly triggering subjects.

Note these two cases in particular:
Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Use this if warnings may apply but you don't want to use them.

No Archive Warnings Apply
Use this if AO3 warnings don't apply to your content


These are not the same! But the specific differences can be muddy.

From A Moving Forward PSA for everyone using AO3 by kkglinka:
“No Archive Warnings Apply” means the fic is PG13 at worst, probably fluff, totally safe.

“Choose Not to Use Archive Warnings” is the polar opposite. It’s a glaring Enter at Your Own Risk billboard. It means: a shitload of warnings apply but I ain’t telling because this story requires shock value. It’s very important to read the author’s notes for those fics because they might be using that older format from above.


So I thought this was roughly true, if a bit over-simplistic, then decided to do some rough poking at the AO3, and now I don’t think it’s true at all: as far as I can tell, while works marked "No Archive Warnings Apply" are overall lower rated and "safer" than works marked "Creator Chooses Not To Use Warnings", the difference is small enough to not be much of a useful guide to the content of any given fic.

For example: using the AO3 search, 14% of fic tagged "No Archive Warnings Apply" are explicit, while 16% of those tagged "Creator Chooses Not To Use Warnings" are. A difference, but not a hugely significant one. And under the cut I have a bunch of examples of dark topics which are about half as common amongst "No Archive Warnings Apply" works as "Creator Chooses Not To Use Warnings" ones: a significant difference, but not large enough to make "No Archive Warnings Apply" safe.

My goal isn't to criticise kkglinka, I agreed with them until I ran the numbers (and it is of course possible that I somehow ran the numbers wrong) My goal is to encourage an accurate understanding of how AO3 users use these tags and warnings, and also to have fun playing with numbers because I am a nerd. In the likely event that my own analysis is flawed, I would be interested to hear about it.

And I do agree with kkglinka's final point: if you see something marked "Creator Chooses Not To Use Warnings" you should check the notes and tags very carefully, especially if there's subjects you find triggering. From broader fandom context I suspect kkglinka is pushing back against the situation where someone posts a worked marked "Creator Chooses Not To Use Warnings" that contains major character death or whatever, and a reader(*) gets angry because they think "Creator Chooses Not To Use Warnings" means "No Archive Warnings Apply". And it does not! It means the work could contain literally anything, and if you can't deal with that you shouldn't read it.

So I guess my point is that readers should also check the notes and tags for works marked "No Archive Warnings Apply". If a work marked that way contains major character death etc then yeah, you have a right to be pissed off. But a whole bunch of other stuff is fair game, including porn and other "unsafe" content. Always step carefully.

Content Note: discussion of triggering tags/content
More rambling along the same lines )
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Masterlist of Dandelion posts

And now, the secret route and audio dramas! I didn't know this game even HAD audio dramas, how exciting!

Content notes: Creepy stalkery wizard is creepy and stalkery

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Masterlist of Dandelion posts

Another attempt at Jisoo, this time more to see the story through to the end than because I was expecting to actually enjoy it.

And in that context it was...mostly ok? I think they were trying to say something clever about dubcon and not really succeeding, but he did make her happy overall and there were some cute moments.

Content notes: Abusive parents, controlling and somewhat violent love interest, consent issues, meh treatment of disability
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