not to sound like a curmudgeon but literally Every time i set foot in a Barnes & Nobles there are exponentially fewer books in it than the last time. and i feel like such a dupe every time because it LOOKS like a bookstore with books in it but it’s 2017 now so they only sell GAME OF THRONES FIGURINES and MEME CALENDARS and im flagging down some hapless 17 year old employee like “hey do you have this one George Eliot nov-” and he’s like hahahaha no way nope. But we have a new coffee table book about what Alexander hamiltons search history would be if he were alive to day, and also approximately 30 thousand funko pop figurines of pearl from Steven universe
Our literature is full of them, Dr. Leonard McCoy from Star Trek, Dr. Gregory House from House, Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies, and countless others from books, movies, tv shows, and plays from antiquity to today.
Even our children’s literature has prominent examples of them: Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street, as well as Waldorf and Statler from The Muppet Show.
The lovable curmudgeon displays traits that, on the surface, seem that they would alienate that person from the group. Yet, the lovable curmudgeon is completely distinct from the total jerk. We love them in fiction, and even in real life. Though they annoy us, we find ourselves strangely endeared to them.
The lovable curmudgeon genuinely cares for people, often despite their gruff exterior and stated desire to not care. Their quick, sarcastic wit makes us laugh when we need it most. They are not afraid to voice a contrary opinion and avoid going along with groupthink. They will gladly play the devil’s advocate when we need to test our ideas.
The thing is, this character trope is not just in fiction. Real life is full of lovable curmudgeons. They gripe, grouse, and grumble their way into our hearts and we love them for it.
The only thing that’s an actual roleplaying game would be The Regency Life, but I’m not into play-by-post RPGs. I’m mainly making this post in the hopes that folks will stop messaging me about the above-mentioned games.
Also, while I’m in full-on grumpy Mr. Palmer mode, I’m going to point out that this is a pretty regular thing I notice, that somebody says “Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a roleplaying game like <insert franchise/desired mechanic>!”
Which people immediate follow-up with “Hey, you should check out <something that isn’t a roleplaying game and fundamentally fails at weaving cooperative narrative in a social environment.>”
So, for the sake of future clarity, when I reblog something about wanting a particular type/kind/or function of a roleplaying game, this is what I don’t want:
to be told to write a book?!?!?! (that happened it was weird)
This is what I want:
Hard-bound book with luscious illustrations and a ruleset designed for cooperative storytelling as well as suggestions on how to create thematically-consistent challenges for the players to overcome
Ron Swanson has no time for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and his bid to repeal net neutrality.
Swanson, the lovable curmudgeon from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” is no fan of public officials who misuse their power. So Nick Offerman, the actor who plays Swanson, offered up a few choice words for Pai on Thursday.
Offerman’s tweet included a screenshot of a text message, purportedly from Swanson.
“I’m flattered that my pyramid of greatness has inspired you,” says the text. “I will remind you that the top category is Honor. Sadly, based on your duplicitous handling of the net neutrality issue, and the way you are willfully ignoring the public you claim to serve, I feel you may need that term defined. Which means, of course, that you don’t have it.” (Continue reading)