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General Chaos / Evil Buffalo Zombies: The Return!
« on: March 04, 2013, 02:54:36 PM »
Most of you have watched/listened to Ross' parody commercial Oregon Trail 13, and if you haven't, you need to watch it right now:

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Now that you have watched it, or watched it again, I'll introduce you to Evil Buffalo Zombies: The Return!

I have been teaching myself how to program in Python, so I decided to write this game up to test how to properly call multiple functions inside multiple loops and how to work with classes. I decided to share it with all of you:

#IMPORTANT EDIT:: I have a major interview on Thursday, so I didn't have time to clean up all the flavor text and properly break lines of texts, so you'll have to suffer with the beta.

To play it, you'll need to download all of the files and put them into a directory. I used cx_Freeze on a Win7 64bit system to make the script executable, so there is a chance (I mean this will definitely happen) that if you are running Mac OS or Linux the files will not work.

For people that have Python installed, here is a direct link to the script:

Finally, I've only been working with Python for a month, so there is no making fun of my amateurish coding skills. I mean it. I will delete your avatar.

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Labor Day Weekend
« on: August 27, 2012, 06:58:59 PM »
Karee and Ewen are going to be out of town this weekend. Who is running a Skype game?

So I'm teaching a freshman level research and writing class this summer. Because of the compressed schedule, I'm deciding to make it a bit more directive and giving them a topic for their first essay. I've decided that this topic is going to be "human dignity, trans/posthumanism, and the SXSW 'homeless hotspots' controversy." Because there are so many EP nerds on this forum, myself included although I've not had a chance to play as much of the game as I would like, I'm posting all of the non-scholarly readings on here and will attach (if it lets me) the two scholarly articles I'll make them read alongside the non-schol stuff.

On “Homeless Hotspots”

Official Webpage:

Webpage from BBH Labs:

Jenna Wortham – New York Times:

Michel Martin interview with Jenna Wortham and Jack Marshall – NPR:
•   Possibility of talking about using a radio interview / transcript.

Chenda Ngak – CBS News:

T.J. McCormack – Fox News:

Ian Paul – PC World:

Tim Carmody – Wired (Blog):

Mike Horvarth – Hardly Normal (Blog):
•   Horvarth in favor of the practice.
•   Posted also on Huffington Post under a different title:

Saya Weissman –
•   Interview with BBH head of innovation Saneel Radia.

On Transhumanism

Francis Fukuyama – “Transhumanism” (op-ed in Foreign Policy):

EDIT: I forgot to add this to the list.

Universal Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights:

This is a feeler to see if anyone is up for a RISUS horror game based on childhood cliches.


You're five years old and you wake up one morning to find that your favorite stuffed teddy bear is missing. You immediately suspect your that your older brother took it.

When you accuse him over breakfast, though, he says, "Don't you know today is the day of the teddy bear picnic."

"Like the song," you say.

"Yes, like the song," he says.

"Mom," you say, "he stole my bear."

"Give it back," she says.

Your brother doesn't give you back your bear. You convince yourself that you left it next door at your friend's house. When you get there, he tells you that his teddy bear and his sister's teddy bear are both missing too.

There really can't be a teddy bear picnic can there? Your suburb is next to a woods. Dare you go investigate?

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General Chaos / Dice Roller; or, Why Ross is a Horrible Monster
« on: April 03, 2012, 05:06:35 PM »
There is a dice roller for SMF 2.0.2. Should Ross install it?

Link to the OP in the Dice Roller thread:

Direct link to the 2.0.2 update:

General Chaos / Webcomic Idea
« on: November 01, 2011, 10:37:53 PM »
In a Facebook conversation earlier tonight, one of my colleagues and I hit upon an interesting idea for a webcomic series. A buddy comedy featuring Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Allan Poe as drinking buddies. The series would follow Ernest and Edgar through their various encounters with alcohol, fisticuffs, misogyny, and genitalia.

It's a rough idea, but if we actually wrote it and found someone to draw it, would you guys read it?

Does anyone want to draw it if we write it?  ;D

General Chaos / Possible Job for the Forum Members Who can Code
« on: August 30, 2011, 09:10:51 PM »
Who says that RPPR doesn't try to help out its listeners?

If you can code and love game design, check this out:

General Chaos / Google+
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:29:26 PM »
Alright loyal RPPR whores listeners, who wants a Google+ invite that doesn't have one yet?

General Chaos / No Title
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:19:56 PM »
Ross:  gonna run rifts tonight
 me:  srsly
 Ross:  hahaha

General Chaos / Calypsis
« on: July 01, 2011, 09:20:39 PM »
I'm linking a hypertext novel that one of my colleagues at UWM is working on:

Even though I know Trent, I would still recommend this if I ran across it on the open web. But I won't go on, I'll just see what you guys think.

(Related: Trent recently taught a CW class in game narrative where his students had to play an RPG set in the world he's designing for his novel and write stories based on their characters. The link to his class site is linked in the above link. Also, he read through all the world building materials that the RPPR crew has done to get ideas.)

General Chaos / Important If You Play Playstation Online
« on: April 27, 2011, 10:46:14 AM »

We should have been safe with Sony, say gamers
10:00am EDT

By Georgina Prodhan

LONDON (Reuters) - Sony (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) PlayStation gamers expressed shock and disappointment on Wednesday at a massive data hack in which their names, addresses and credit-card details might have been stolen from the PlayStation Network.

Shoppers at London video-games stores said they might leave the network, PSN, which allows them to play games with 77 million other members and buy games online, while some gamers writing in online forums called for a boycott of Sony products.

"You would just assume with someone like a Sony your details would be safe," said Albert, a 42-year-old bank worker shopping for games in London's Canary Wharf financial district. "It does make you think."

"As I was looking at the games just now I was thinking: Do I really want to spend my money with Sony?" he said, adding that he would think again about using the network features in future.

On the online forum, PSN member Jarvis wrote: "Stop purchasing anything remotely related to Sony. Let companies who deal with Sony know that you can't support them if they continue to work with Sony."

"Now if you will excuse me, I need to change all my accounts and have cards reissued to protect myself from Sony's failures."

Sony warned earlier that unidentified hackers had stolen the personal details of its 77 million user accounts, in one of the biggest-ever Internet security break-ins.

The Japanese electronics giant advised users, almost 90 percent of whom are based in Europe and the United States, to change any common passwords they also used for other services.

It said children with accounts established by their parents might have had their data exposed.

"If you think the gamers are pissed over at playstation blog, wait until the Mums get wind of this," wrote senior member barrybarryk on the online forum.

Ian Shepherd, chief executive of video-games retailer Game Group (GMG.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), told Reuters: "The issue, the experience that Sony are having ... is a really serious one. It's one we're staying very close to.

"I think there are lessons for the whole industry from the experience that Sony are having."

Some bloggers blamed the security breach on Anonymous, a loose online collective of cyber activists who did attack Sony earlier this month in protest at Sony's legal action against two hackers seeking to enhance the PlayStation's features.

But Anonymous, which became notorious late last year for organising denial-of-service attacks in sympathy with WikiLeaks, denied involvement.

"For once we didn't do it," the organisation, which describes itself as fighting for Internet freedom, wrote on its blog. "AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened."

Doug, a 49-year-old composer shopping for Microsoft (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) XBox games at a London store, said he was glad he had opted for Xbox over PlayStation. "I'd cancel my cards this morning, wouldn't you?" he asked.

Younger gamers seemed less concerned with the data breach than with the extended outage, which put PSN out of service over the long Easter weekend in Britain and looked likely to stretch into another four-day weekend starting on Friday.

Sony pulled the plug on the network eight days ago but did not tell the public about the stolen data until Tuesday.

Abdul, a 20-year-old store assistant working in a branch of Game, said: "I just want it back up and running. That's what everybody wants."

(Additional reporting by Mark Potter; Editing by Will Waterman)

General Chaos / Help Me Build a Class Reading List
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:08:45 AM »
Alright people, I'm teaching UWM's Research and Writing class online next semester. I figure this will work out great because I'm already on the internets for any number of hours of the day doing different things. Anyway, I've decided to build the core/common readings for the class around "memes." I can't assign all of Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene as a reading, but I'll probably pull a few articles by Susan Blackmore and others as well as provide any number of internet links.

I haven't decided on the articles I want to grab yet, but here's a quick list of links I'm thinking of including as places where students could look. The way I teach this course, I attempt to blend both "academic" research with "popular culture," which accounts for the hodgepodge of links.

Know Your Meme:
Urban Dictionary's (a meta-meme) definitions of memes:
Wikipedia's entry on memes: (I actually have an assignment that teaches students how to use Wikipedia to find other sources. I figure if students are going to use it anyway, teach them how to use it right.)

Stanford's Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Replication with a focus on the section on memes:

Susan Blackmore's TED talk on "Memes" and "Temes":
Dan Dennett's TED talk on "Dangerous Memes":

What should I add?

RPGs / Best Shootout Scenes
« on: December 18, 2010, 07:59:23 AM »
Piggybacking on Tad's thread about Chase Scenes. Post the best shootout scenes here and talk about what makes them so great. Or, you know, just embed the YouTube link.

I'll start with an obvious one. My favorite moment of this scene, of course, is when Leon takes the SWAT member hostage and then shoots a water pipe so that the rest of the SWAT team believes that he shot the the guy. Classic dick there.

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General Chaos / Never Too Cold to Grill
« on: December 16, 2010, 06:03:47 PM »
So, it's 25F (I refuse to convert to C) degrees outside with an 11 degree wind chill, so that means it's perfect grilling weather. So, I ask you loyal forum goers and friendly trolls, what do you like best on the grill?

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Patrick's Going to Run a Skype Game
« on: December 14, 2010, 07:24:08 PM »
Some time over the x-mas break, I'm considering running a Skype game. (This game is unrelated to Kickstarter reward games either that Ross is running or that I would play in.) So I'm taking suggestions on what to run and asking who would want to play?

The two games I'm considering are

1) CoC Modern / DG game where the players are hired to investigate a rash of robberies of mythos related items.


2) A Fear Itself game where the players are a S.W.A.T. members who have to enter a Content Screening office where the employees have gone crazy and started killing one another and barricaded themselves in for no apparent reason.

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