Could you please point me to some Autistic owned stim stores? Thanks!
Sure! Please note, though, that unless otherwise specified, these stores are based in the US. For those willing to shop from neurodivergent-owned businesses (as distinct from specifically autistic) there’s a little more choice. If you’re not in the US, you’re very likely going to have to pay extra in conversion and shipping costs (which is why I don’t use ND-owned as a basis for what content goes on this blog, as cool as it is to support fellow autistic and ND creators).
If you’re an autistic crafter and you’re not on this list, it’s either because I haven’t yet heard of you, I’ve committed the terrible crime of forgetting you or I’m unsure if you’re autistic (as per the brief). Please comment; I will add your name and details!
I’m pretty sure most folks have heard of Stimtastic by now (@stimtastic), but on the off chance someone hasn’t, I’ll mention it! I don’t believe anyone has had any negative experiences with their order; the linked Tumblr is packed full of happy customers saying great things. There’s everything from fidget toys to chewables! I love my braid pendant, scented vial necklace and - while I didn’t buy it from Stimtastic because I found it here in Australia - crocheted stress balls. @werevampiwolf makes their bead rings!
If you know more autistic-owned places to buy great toys, please let us know by commenting on this post or sending in an ask. Tumblr has stopped showing the notes in all reblogs, and we now get traffic enough that I (mod K.A.) don’t have the spoons to click on every reblog to see if there’s been an addition. We can’t miss comments, so you’ll help us a lot by commenting. Thank you!
Young Tom Hanks in the cautionary tale, Satanic-Panic movie, “Mazes & Monsters” (1982), a movie about that evil of evils, tabletop roleplaying games. It’s basically a live action adaptation of a Chick Tract. It’s actually not as awesome as it sounds, and is mostly dull in the middle instead of the hilariously lurid, entertaining mess it could have been. It could have been a D&D version of Lifetime’s “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” What a wasted opportunity!
But at least it gave us promo shots of a confused looking Oscar winner playing D&D.
Doctor AU - Clarke works with Peds and Lexa is a career driven heart surgeon. They meet over a case with a sick baby.
“Excuse me, where’s the NICU?” Clarke broke down and asked a nurse after looping back down to the cafeteria once more. She thought it was the second left, but she might have made the fourth right, and she’d ended up in the basement, and she’d ended up in the gift shop, and she’d ended up on psyche. “Thank you.”
The directions were even more complicated, but Clarke was too afraid to ask again so she smiled and started out down the halls, anxiously checking her watch. Her beeper kept buzzing on her hip.
For years there have been random small earthquakes below your city. You’ve managed to find a passageway to a giant underground maze. You can see three massive Minotaurs fighting each other for the right to leave, or the right to guard the maze. Either way two massive beasts will be coming your way eventually.
There’s a post circling around where someone asks what happens if your character in D&D dies. The most popular responses on that post are “you die in real life” and “the DM shoots you like a horse.” Many comments on that post are variations on this idea of dying in real life or violent stuff happening.
While I know you’re all joking, there’s a significant part of the population that DOES NOT KNOW YOU ARE ALL JOKING. At the very least, a lot of people are confused and think that if your character dies you have to leave the game and can’t rejoin. Some are nervous that weird or violent things might happen in real life if that happens. There’s a significant portion of people who don’t know D&D, or only heard the nasty rumors growing up (thanks to the Satanic Panic, Mazes and Monsters, etc.), and genuinely wanna know what happens if your character dies in D&D. There is a long and nasty history of “you gotta leave the game now and never speak to us again” or “you can come back if you do [insert morally dubious thing here]” associated with D&D.
Long story short: D&D is not a competitive game where if your character dies, you are “out” of the game. If your character dies, you simply create a new character and keep participating in the story. It’s that simple. Some games allow resurrection spells to be used in game to revive dead characters, some don’t. A player might feel a little sad, especially if they’ve been using that character for a while, but they get over it and make a new character.
For fuck’s sake Jack Chick died last year can these “you die in real life” rumors finally be put to rest alongside his corpse.
For more explanation of why so many people have these weird ideas about D&D, go under the read-more cut:
lucifer, the devil, my sweet smol son doesn’t deserve to suffer like this.
maze, the badass demon, my beautiful wife doesn’t deserve to feel so alone.
trixie, the cutest little girl ever, heiress of hell deserves all the candy in the world.