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Hi! I'm Cidney. I help people create interactive stories. :) I'm a game designer, software/usability engineer, writer, artist, musician, and various other roles as needed. Have previously worked in commercial , , and FLOSS. Also I'm and have .

Just moved from @cidney to this self-hosted instance, so excuse the mess while I set things up and get my footing. <3

Gah this week. >_< I'm torn between going onto Part 4, or going back to Part 2. Why is writing something linear proving to be so much harder than writing a game script?

I don't think people realize why its important to remove white supremacists from your board/forum/web community.

- They are extremely motivated.
- They have a tradition of recruiting via meme(in the classic sense).
- They have centuries of effective propaganda.
- They will take over. Slowly at first then suddenly.
- They will always create more moderation work for you. They will never stop pushing.

Every society struggles with this. And it's not some conspiracy.

The sigils were drawn in salt, the candles lit, the blade wetted with, well, if not blood then at least hamburger jus.
A demon appeared at the other end of the table.
"Wherefore hast thou summoned me?"
"Dinner company. Have a seat."
The demon sat. "What?"
"Lockdown. It's lonely."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

New post! I talk about how I'm approaching writing a game with a branching narrative and a heavy focus on text interaction.

Salkere: writing an indie RPG

The downside is that if it becomes easier to self-host Mastodon, it will run into the same problems as Pleroma with attracting Nazis or people who are self-hosting single user-instances because they'd be banned from anything else.

Trying to draft some documentation for my self-hosted setup to try to update .

(Right now, the options for self-hosting are "pay someone else to manage your server", "use a very specific service for 1-click installs", or "already be an experienced sysadmin". none of which I'd recommend for someone who wants to get started with self-hosting.)

Pro tip, work related: 

Always write a contract.

Make sure your expected work or work title is on the contract.

Have that shit in writing, because you never know when you gonna need it.

Save it, then save backups in at least two more places.

You'll thank me in 3.5 years when you need to look at it again.

It's been five years since I was diagnosed with , and for the most part I feel like I have things under control...

...until traveling and *spending the night in a different bed* over the weekend causes a partial shoulder dislocation.

That's why covid is politicized. To accept covid is to accept that a class of existential, urgent challenges that are systemic, not individual. That there's a freedom (the freedom not to drown in your own mucus) that requires curbs on other kinds of freedom (to go unmasked).

Covid science denies neoliberalism. It's yet another example of reality's pernicious left-wing bias. THAT'S why masking (and not masking) are political acts.


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BTW, today we released #PeerTube v3, complete with p2p live streaming features and a behind-the-scene short film.

Read more about it on our blog (and please share 😉)

@LydiaConwell The point is that this is common enough that I don't think it's a problem with individual journalists. @Alon still has this problem and doesn't use fedi for more than crossposting articles.

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Following up from discussion with @LydiaConwell ; I'm seeing a lot of journalists conflate fedi with essentially, a single website with a single point of failure-- and missing the point of distribution.

Is there a good article, infographic, or blog post debunking this, accessible to people without any technical background? (So nothing like "ActivityPub is a protocol", since most people don't know what communications protocols are.)

Livestreaming Betrayal at Krondor for a bit at Feel free to come say hi!

Livestreaming the other day was fun, think I'm going to do it again for a bit in a bit.

The other day, I released an update to my Ludum Dare 47 game. It's been ported to Godot; with some improved art and animation. I've been trying to evaluate whether to stick with Unity or not for the full-length adventure/RPG I'm designing.

End result: I hate how bloated Unity is, but I'm concerned by how much longer it takes me to be productive in Godot. (Original game took 48 hours, I spent at least a week in total on the port.)

Here's a big stack of #gamedev & #indiedev advice that I (along with a bunch of other cool devs) was invited to contribute to. Different things work for different people, and it's great to see such a diverse range of perspectives! Mine's #12 at 7:17 ^_^

Can we stop posting screenshots of statements on Twitter as the way to officially post statements? They’re neither accessible nor mobile friendly.

This seems like a solvable technology failing.

Streaming Betrayal at Krondor on for a bit this evening, if anyone wants to jump in and say hi!

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