;wild wasteland

anonymous asked:

what was wild wasteland weekend??

short answer: a bunch of idiots get drunk in costumes in the middle of the desert

long answer: like a mix of burning man and Renaissance Fair for the post apocalypse set out here in the mojave desert. if you dont know what those are, basically people made an event years ago centered on dressing up from mad max/post apocalypse and camping like that. they try and emulate that lifestyle as much as they can. i wanted to go 2 years ago and got tickets but something came up and i resold them. last year i was too depressed. this year i finally went, and it was really fucking worth it. they only sell full five day tickets for $180, or volunteer for 2 six hour shifts to get in for free. but you can camp on the site, and you can make themed camps, or join a tribe whos themed. but it is the mojave desert and camping in the desert can be harsh for some people.

fallout got pretty popular, fnv added into it, and its been growing slowly over the years. there’s sections specifically for fallout! there was a mojave express this year that sent letters for caps. people gave out quests, and there was even one where you hacked a terminal. a group dug a huge hole to try and make a bunker/vault. there was a small ncr camp that gave me 15 ncr dollars for my service as a ranger. the legion tribe was full and decked out with caesar’s throne, which actually has been there for a couple years. some fallout 4 stuff, i saw a hancock cosplay over at goodneighbor which was a dance stage playing swing music.

i really want to go again and do a themed camp next year, but it also depends on some things, mostly who i plan on camping with. we will see next year!

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Review: 'Pyre' Is a Game About a Game—But It's Really About Why We Play
The new title from Supergiant is a fun, thought-provoking exploration of sports: how we play them, why, and for whom.

But what about sport’s role in the presence of loss? In a world with as much death and terror as the real one? Pyre imagines a life similarly obsessed with competition, just for the precisely opposite reasons. In the Downside, the sport of the Rites isn’t a means of stimulating our inherent desire for conflict and risk; it’s our only means of transcending conflict and risk gone too far.

Your comrades in the Rites are criminals in the eyes of the Commonwealth, but what that means for each of them is different. Some committed serious offenses—desertion, murder—but not all of them. Your only crime was [spoiler redacted]. For that crime, you are left for dead in a wild, unending wasteland. For you, competition is a means of redressing that fundamental injustice. It’s not just striving. It’s rebellion.

As both works of art point out, the urge to play and compete is endemic to humanity, but it’s also defined wholly by its context.

On Pyre and why we play. (Also contains minor setting-type spoilers for 17776.)

Dragonborn Paladin. I’m a big believer that not all paladins should be squeeky clean and operate out of holy temples. Some are chosen in the wild and wastelands by old gods seeking their champions.