the difference between you and me!

a guide to exploring abandoned farms
  • essential supplies include: plenty of food and water, a change of socks, a hat, rope, bandaids, a knife, gloves, an acorn in your pocket, and an offering
  • there are always odd noises on the farm. half of them come from the animals
  • try to forget what the lake looks like between the hours of three and four AM
  • never ever find yourself alone in the milking shed in the south end of the farm. time passes differently there
  • if you happen to hurt yourself in your exploration, make sure you do not bleed onto the dirt
  • bring plenty of water, you do not want to drink from there
  • the cows will watch you, this is normal
  • close every gate you open, even if the fields are empty. don’t ever leave one open behind you, just trust me
  • beware unstable rocks, the cracks tend to be filled with insect nests
  • bring a weapon with you, but no guns
  • if you see someone else while exploring, never tell them your name. you can never be sure if they are real or not, and further out you go, the less real they will seem. the patupaiarehe have evolved in cruel and unusual ways
  • do not go inside the empty share-milkers cottages, whatever you do, do not go inside. something else lives there now
  • a tree with the undersides of its leaves showing mean that a storm is coming. a tree with no leaves means the storm has already come
  • sometimes the hills look like they’re moving. be aware of this, because some things don’t like to be disturbed
  • do not sleep under the full moon, in fact, just don’t sleep on the farm
  • finding skulls is normal, only become worried when you start finding ribs
  • if you find yourself lost in a forest, continue walking in a straight line until you are free again. the trees may make it look as though you are going in circles, but i promise you’re not. ignore the soft music you can hear
  • your phone won’t work out here
  • the ghosts from the land wars won’t harm you, but be sure to show them respect
  • don’t take anything from the farm with you when you leave. just be grateful you have made it out alive

anonymous asked:

Are you honestly excited about Bowie-esque music from Harry? That comparison scares the heck out of me. I don't know one Bowie song that has stood the test of time and would do well today. I'm shocked that anybody is seriously excited about that. I'm praying that the folk rock rumor is closer to what Harry went for.

I’m beyond excited that Harry is putting out music, period. I’ll wait to form any opinions or pass any judgment until I’ve heard it. People tend to forget that there’s a massive difference between being influenced by something and being a copycat of that thing and I definitely do not see Harry being the latter if that’s what you’re afraid of. Bowie’s music spanned so many different genres so who even knows what that comparison could possibly mean in terms of sound.

Also: “I don’t know one Bowie song that has stood the test of time and would do well today.” I don’t… I don’t even know how to respond to this. 

“the Milky Way is a galaxy where friendship and peace that are held in the highest regard”

“we guided other species -such as the krogan- to better channel their natural gifts toward worthy pursuits”

“Humanity is a diverse species. You many notice different skin colors or religions among our people, yet we don’t let those differences come between us. We’d rather celebrate our diversity, rather than fight over it.”

“As with all political institutions in the Milky Way, conflict is rare.”

“When humans and turians first met, there was a misunderstanding between us that could have had disastrous consequences. But with patience and restraint, humans and turians eventually joined together to form a mutually beneficial partnership.”

 the Nexus museum got me like:

ok. sure. let’s lie to the peoples of Andromeda. let’s do that. that won’t backfire.


Hi hi hi 😊 I was tagged by the most beautiful angel, Toni aka @theboyfromwhiteeskimo94 to do the selfie challenge! As you can see my face looks extremely difference between when I do wear makeup and when I don’t lol.

Anywho, here are my top six (’: these are probably the only six I’ve ever taken cause I don’t really like taking selfies much lolol

I feel like everyone has done this, so I tag anyone who wants to show their gorgeous face!

justsomepotterheadwizard  asked:

Helloo! Could you give me a pink pearl pallete pleasee? And also what do you think would be a fusion between pink pearl and (pink) spinel? I don't want to sound pushy or annoying buuut if you could hurry please I need that for like yesterday!! Thanks and btw you guys do amazing work here!

Howdy! Here’s your Pink Pearl palette!

And here’s the reference image!

As for the fusion between Pink Pearl and Pink Spinel, I would probably recommend a Morganite

However, there are different shades of it, and that’s a bit tricky! If you want your fusion to lean a little bit towards Pink Spinel, I would recommend a more pink shade, and as for your Pink Pearl, I would recommend the most common Morganite!

I hope this helped you and your gemsonas!

-Mod Charoite

anonymous asked:

What would you say the biggest difference is between your lifestyle now and when you were at your highest weight?

Easiest pick hands down is not being physically tired all the time and having the drive to do more in a day.

Like before just going up and down the stairs for something to drink would be a task and then I would sit all day watching tv because the idea of doing something that would make me out of breath was not welcome in my life.

But now I can do so much more simply because I can. This of course just adds to the experience of life. I can do more things or experience things longer then I used to.

sns4life  asked:

(continued...) As for NH and SS claims... 1) Naruto was too dense to realise Hin//ata's love for him or his love for her. 2) The genjutsu was used to help Naruto tell the difference between love for food and romantic love. Not to guilt-trip him. 3) Sasuke acknowledged Naruto and Sakura on the same level.

Send me claims you’re sick of hearing, and I’ll refute them.

1) Naruto was too dense to realise Hinata’s love for him or his love for her.

How can you be too dumb to realise that you love someone? You could possibly be unsure how to describe that feeling, but you still know that you regard the person you love as special. Naruto never showed signs of regarding Hinata as special in a romantic context. Furthermore, the infamous scene from The Last where Naruto doesn’t understand love is a retcon, meaning it’s a literary device in which established facts in fictional work are adjusted, ignored, or contradicted by a subsequently published work to maintain continuity with the former. That’s also why it doesn’t make sense since Naruto actually canonically understands love, which is obvious in the very first chapters.

What about the time he explained to Zabuza what love is? It’s an important moment; it proves that Naruto doesn’t believe in the ninja systems’ glorification of blind devotion to rules. Naruto was against the idea of choosing your duties over your friends. He was against the idea of being a tool and displaying no feelings. He was against the idea of watching your friends die without shedding a tear. And why? Because he understood the concept of love.

2) The genjutsu was used to help Naruto tell the difference between love for food and romantic love. Not to guilt-trip him.

The genjutsu was used to normalise the idea that Naruto didn’t know what love is and to guilt-trip him into feeling bad for not loving Hinata back. After realising Hinata loved him all this time, Naruto displayed a guilt-ridden expression, as if he felt bad for the years of unrequited love Hinata had to endure, which therefore means he, in fact, was guilt-tripped into accepting her feelings. Shortly after that incident, he suddenly claimed to be in love with her.

3) Sasuke acknowledged Naruto and Sakura on the same level.

No, he didn’t. This is evident in the way he treated Naruto as his equal and wanted to fight him, whilst the same does not apply to Sakura. 

anonymous asked:

Write something about Shiro and Keith adopting animals?

Shiro was a dog person and Keith was a cat person. They were polar opposites in that aspect.

Unfortunately for Shiro, he always seemed to lose arguments with Keith. This was no different.

“But it’s so cute!” Keith said, bending to pick up a black cat with white paws.

“Ohhhh no, we are not getting a cat.” Shiro said.

“But please??” He held the feline to his face, peering between the animal’s ears at his boyfriend.

“Adopt me, Shiro! I love you and you should love me too!” Keith moved it’s little mitten paws.

“But cat’s shed so much, and I was wanting a dog, not some fuzzy– mleeehhh thing!” He said, making an awkward hand gesture at the little creature.

Keith put down the cat, giving Shiro his innocent eyes: going for the kill. “But I’m a fuzzy –mleeehhh thing and you still want me??” He said, his voice raising slightly in pitch.

Oh god, Shiro was screwed. How could he say no to him? He glanced down at the black cat that was weaving through his feet. He crouched, picking it up slowly. It purred, licking his face with it’s tongue.

“Alright I guess we can keep him.” He murmured, much to Keith’s excitement. “What are we going to name him?” He asked.

“Mmmm. How about… Lion? ‘Cause he looks like Black!”

Shiro glanced down at the feline now resting in his arms.

“Lion? You ready to come home with us?”

The cat gave a soft meow, Shiro smiling before he let out a sneeze. Keith stared at him with wide eyes before laughing hard, Shiro sneezing again. “That was so cute! I can’t believe you didn’t tell me you are allergic!”

“I told you, I’m not a cat person.” He murmured, handing the feline back to Keith as they went to pay the shelter.

songbirdpyka  asked:

Would you rather... Never be able to tell the difference between a baby and a muffin or change gender every time you sneeze.

😂what the hell. um i don’t really know, i don’t eat a lot of muffins, but if i did then i’d be scared that i’d accidentally eat a baby. god, that’s a weird sentence. anyway, it would be pretty funny for other people to watch me talking to a muffin, thinking it’s a baby. i think i choose not knowing the difference between a baby and a muffin, because i don’t think i’d make a very good girl. i had to think about that one. jeez.

sns4life  asked:

I have some really silly claims about SNS like you asked :P 1) SNS could never be canon or had no potential to be. 2) Two men cannot be best friends without being shoved into a gay relationship. 3) Any friends would do that for each other.

Send me claims you’re sick of hearing, and I’ll refute them.

1) SNS could never be canon or had no potential to be.

There’s a difference between having the potential to be canon or becoming canonised. Canon pairings aren’t necessarily good pairings; likewise, pairings that aren’t canonised do not necessarily lack potential. When it comes to SNS, the potential is very real, but unfortunately, they had never a realistic chance of being canonised for the following reasons. Firstly, the targeted audience and the sociocultural background of Naruto is conservative. I’ve never expected Naruto and Sasuke to be in an actual romantic relationship by the end of the manga. The genre and the cultural context play an important role. To expect a Japanese shounen manga this popular to end with the male protagonist choosing his male rival over two already established possible female love interests is simply unrealistic. 

For example, Yuri!!! on Ice managed to overcome these difficulties of censorship. Kubo fought a lot to create a universe for queer individuals who can relate to non-hetero interpersonal relationships. But Kubo is not Kishimoto, and Shueisha Inc. knows their respective audience well enough to judge whether or not the series would survive a homosexual ending, which in Naruto’s case, both Shueisha Inc. and Studio Pierrot intended to further profit from the series. So including the genre, the cultural context, and the staff, I can’t see a romantic SNS having ever been taken into consideration. Still, Naruto and Sasuke have enough development to be canonised.

2) Two men cannot be best friends without being shoved into a gay relationship.

This is a blatant lie. Our society is heavily influenced by heteronormativity. Thus, heterosexuality is expected and labelled as natural. Anything that doesn’t fit into the norm counts as unnatural. Since Naruto and Sasuke fit into the norm, they are immediately seen as heterosexual, hence why we have fans claiming Naruto and Sasuke are definitely straight despite the fact that their sexuality was never confirmed. Some of these fans even think it’s absurd to challenge their perception by saying Naruto and Sasuke are not straight. 

Their beliefs are strongly shaped by heteronormativity to the point where they believe it is laughable to disagree with their opinion since they expect everyone who fits into the norm to be heterosexual anyway. This is why it’s only logical to infer that the claim “Two men cannot be best friends without being shoved into a gay relationship” is likely to be untrue. In fact, we come across fans describing an innocent conversation between characters of the opposite sex to be of romantic nature, whereas a similar conversation between characters of the same sex would be described as solely friendly. Why? They expect characters to be straight—unless their behaviour goes against gender norms.

3) Any friends would do that for each other.

Lol, the way this subjective claim works is by using the argument that NH and SS were canonised. “Any friends would do that for each other. This is true because Naruto and Sasuke aren’t in a romantic relationship.” The thing is, there is no absolute truth in literature. I could use the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in order to prove them wrong. Romeo was willing to die for Juliet, and both are regarded as the archetypal lovers in our today world’s society. Naruto was willing to die for Sasuke. So Kishimoto used a typical romantic trope right there, and they cannot deny it. 

sparman85  asked:

Love that last panel

thank you! im actually using different paper and i think it helped? also, taking a little more time on the panel helped, too, probably

im so glad i’ve gotten to this point because there was about a year of real time between me thinking up that fruitful exchange, and actually being able to put it in the comic

there was also about 8 months between thumbnailing the next section and being able to put it in the comic, which it wasn’t originally supposed to be so long a time, but the part i was originally gonna put it at ended up feeling… not enough. i’m glad i waited tho, and soon you’ll see

thank you so much! one thing i’ve learned about drawing/writing a character who doesn’t talk 99% of the time: expressions are their key means of communication to the reader. Yes irl it’d be the sign language, but even that uses facial expressions as components.

also, there were several people who figured it was a codeword on that first page where sans says his bit! i thought i was making it too obvious, honestly, because thats such a weird, nonsensical thing to say, even for sans (especially for sans bc honestly he’s not really a random type of dude), but i guess it wans’t that obvious?

yall have a good day, too!

tagged by: @pureren anime tag meme omgomg thank you 

im tagging: @gray-x-natsus-matching-hip-scars @perksofbeingawaifu @sciencefictioness @xenophonspeaks @kahleniel @agent-2-6 @glassesgirl0401 @zedsdead1001 @pinkheichou @aurieackerman @seraphichan @incrediblytired @haberkonium @wishingsebastianstanwasmyman @sassy-pastel-eren

1. favorite anime?

this is not a question i know how to answer, i love snk but watching it is painful so like?? not snk?? i only watch trash, why are you doing this to me?

2. your worst anime?

all of them, its all trash

3. do you read the manga that goes along with the anime you watch?

only if the plot is different or i fall in love and there are literal years between seasons… side eyes snk

i read manga that has’t got an anime tho so i dont have time for all this reading

4. most favorite genre?

i love the dark fantasy shit but also

Originally posted by lazyfebruary

5. least favorite genres?

fantasy adventure, i love fairy tail and fma but why are the majority wrapped up so badly?!

6. favorite character?

you want me to pick one? maybe eren but also maybe haruka

7. least favorite character?

the only character ive ever hated was misa amane, i can appreciate her now but when i watched dn at like 12-13 i hated her

8. qualities you like in a character?

tsundere/shy/reserved or dazzling sunshine child

there is no in between 

9. short or long anime?

if the length suits the story, i dont mind either way, probably not about to start a 400 ep series though

10. anime or manga?

can’t decide, i watch more anime just because i hate reading manga on a screen, but i spend quite a bit of money on physical manga too

just read junji ito’s Uzumaki 9.5/10, go read it, the hardback is gorgeous too, got that goth horror aesthetic

11. how do you choose the anime you watch?

i check the announcements each season, read the description, if it sounds good, ill watch it 

if i get a recommendation from a friend, ill watch it

12. skip or listen to intros/outros?

i let it play on the first episode, if i dont care for it i skip it, but i download my faves and listen to them all the time 

History Maker on repeat pls

13. how do you cope if your friends or family don’t like you watching anime?

there’s no one i know that has been negative about me watching anime, my mum watches haikyuu with me, she thinks hinata is cute

14. do you stop an anime midway if you don’t like it?

i dont like doing it, i might watch past the crap episode or whatever to give it another chance but if it doesnt pick up in two episodes then im done

anonymous asked:

Hey ♡ I've been following you for a long time and you always have a healthy perspective on stuff, so I wanted to ask you for advice.I found porn in my boyfriends history and it completely broke me...Those girls didn't look anything like me.He apologized to me, promised to never do it again and i do trust that he won't.We had long conversations about that and both cried.But i still feel cheated on. I know im a beautiful girl, but i do have a history of ED.I just can't deal with this, plz help :(

hey babylove♡

personally for me, idc if people or my partner looks at porn. there’s a difference between watching it because i’m not there atm & you’re just horny as heck vs. purposely wanting to fuck every girl you see & allowing it to take over your life - there’s a balance you need to have. watch porn if you want, but don’t let it take over your whole social life, ya know? 

also, i used to watch the shit outta porn 😋 I didn’t watch it because I wanted to do it with the porn actors, but I watched it because the act of sex turned me on. that’s why I think a lot of people in relationships watch porn - let’s say your partner is gone & you totally want sex, so you watch people do it because it’s the thought of sex that’s hot. not the people in the video, although if they’re good-looking it helps for sure 

basically I personally believe there’s a healthy way to watch porn & an unhealthy way - you just gotta find that balance. i’m not saying you’re wrong at all, but i’m also trying to say that it is normal to watch porn ya know? 

in response to the girls not looking like you: who gives a damn if they looked like you or not? your boyfriend wants to be with a girl that is YOU & that’s what matters. i think my boyfriend is fucking hot as hell, but when I watch porn it’s typically older men (like late 30s) & they don’t look anything like my boyfriend. does that mean I would rather date older guys?? fuck no man, that just happens to be the porn I come across that I enjoy. also, my boyfriend’s type are women that look like adriana lima (he loooves dark hair omg) but does that mean everytime I see an adriana lima look-alike I should feel bad about it?? hell no! my man is with me and loves my blonde hair & cute self. he’s with me, not an adriana lima look-alike lmao 😋💘

Suburban Horticulture

Once when I was six, I picked all the flowers in our overgrown backyard and gave them to my mother, over 100 yellow blossoms in my small bony hands. I wanted her to put them in a vase.

“Thank you, baby, but those are dandelions. They’re weeds.”

My afternoon’s work was left to brown in the driveway.

Learning the difference between flowers and weeds is a dressed-up version of learning the difference between Pretty and Ugly. Some have value, some don’t. Some you plant, some you dig up.

They grow anyway.

I spent my childhood in a sprawling, unintentional jungle, collecting every type of plant that grew there and grinding them into pastes I thought would have magic powers. I could never think of good enough wishes for dandelion puffs. I only blew on them to test the strength of my own breath, and to watch the seeds spread.

Weeds are a testament to the strength of ugliness: inconvenient, difficult to kill, perennial even in hostile environments, growing in the cracks in sidewalks, growing without being tended to. Dandelions are weeds, bright and colorful on top of all this.

I resolve for my existence to be dandelionlike.

residentdemonhunter  asked:

i personally am offended that i'm not on the anti-karamel block list because i've made many posts that clearly show my disgust at mon hell's toxic and manipulative behaviour. what's a girl gotta do to get on this anti-karamel a-list

Sure. I don’t know if you’re trying to anger or frustrate me, but unfortunately that isn’t the response you’ll get. As I’ve said before, I’m fine with you having different opinions, I just don’t want to continue the spiral of hate people are creating over a literal fictional relationship, especially because the divide is happening between people who seem genuinely nice and to have good values irl but then tear each other apart over a ship.

Met Jaal.

It was kinda terrible. I understand that it takes time to, uh, give the aliens exposition and it might be boring for the player, but come on. Come on. Like, these aliens talk perfect English, even the crowd of NPC. They know where we’re from, they know the Initiative, they know everything and it’s supposed to be the first contact.


You’re robbing me the joy of first contact, goddammit!

And Jamal’s voice keeps changing between cutscenes and dialogues with the player. He sounds more older and deeper in cutscenes, while with the player he’s more soft and young. These are two completely different voices.

I want to cry.

On Hunk and Food

First I want to say that I’m not trying to talk over nor silence anyone who has issues with Hunk’s enjoyment of food in Voltron. Your feelings are always valid. However, I do want to offer another perspective on the matter that I don’t think many of you have the experience of understanding through living.

Because I don’t think many of you are or know trained chefs.

We have been shown in both seasons that, besides being an incredibly gifted engineer, Hunk is also an accomplished cook, if not a trained chef (I lean toward the later with him, because he resonates SO much with me on the topic of food - yes there IS a distinct difference between the way a Foodie and a Culinarian talk about and interact with food!)

The thing about chefs is… we talk about food, we think about food, we make food analogies, we explain things using food as an example, we compare other things to food. I’m currently the sales manager and accountant (among other things) for my family’s seamster business. I compare literally every aspect of our business to food and restaurant management, to the point where I think I’m driving my partners insane sometimes.

Pricing our products? Gotta balance that menu! That scarf that has very low material cost and sells like crazy is like our chicken dish, so we can keep the cost of our high-end “salmon and lamb” plushes competitive! Extremely complex custom orders? Those are our wedding cakes and big catering jobs!

Want to win my heart? Cook me a nice meal. Want to give me the best gift ever? Take me to that fancy restaurant I’ve been eyeing. Want to make me feel creative and blessed? Get me an ingredient that I haven’t cooked with before or don’t get to cook with often. Mom gifted me a gram of saffron one Christmas and I nearly burst into tears I was so touched.

When I first watched the scene in S2 where they’re all standing around thinking about Zarkon and Hunk says he was thinking about calzones I nearly lost my shit because that was me right there on the screen. My husband and fiancee both groaned fondly and face palmed because yes, they know, I’m always thinking about food!

I have other skills. I primarily consider myself a writer, as Hunk would primarily be considered an engineer, and writing does have influence over my life and my conversations, just has Hunk did demonstrate his engineering skills in S2. But there is something about also being a chef that keeps food coming up in conversation.

Yes, Hunk is a big guy (just a side note, the reason he’s the strongest member of the team is because he has the caloric reserves to burn that Shiro doesn’t), a lot of chefs are also big guys (and gals, and enbies!). Loving food and being large is perfectly wonderful and beautiful. Being a chef and constantly talking about food is modus operandi and I was truly delighted to see his character unfold in a way that resonated with me so very much.

To quote Eliot Spencer: “Food is Life.”

Steven Bomb 5: What is grief?

The differences in how grief is portrayed between Yellow and Blue Diamond in the new Steven Bomb is really interesting to me. They’re both such uniquely different, yet so familiar expressions of grief (albeit exaggarated for the purposes of the show).   

We quickly see that Blue DIamond is the one who is grieving the most conventionally (i guess), weeping, visiting Pink Diamond’s “grave”, or at least the place where she was killed. 

“Oh, Pink… I’m sorry,  I’m so sorry, I should have done more… Yellow says it’ll all be over soon, i wonder what you would think…”

It’s a very typical “having lost a family member” kind of grief. We see BD looking tired, grief stricken, hunched over and wheeping. We see her wishing above all to perserve their memory; perserving her creations by emloying the Quartz soldiers (even perserving a room of bubbled Rose Quartz-gems), . Collecting the things PD loved by bringing new human(s) to the zoo. 

Meanwhile, Yellow Diamond’s type of grief is recognizable as well. I’ve seen her catching a lot of flack for “not allowing BD to have feelings” - a too narrow view of her character in my opinion. (IMO, one of the best things this steven bomb did was taking the diamonds from scary bad guy “gods” to something much more human).

“Let’s make a plan of attack, start looking forward and stop looking back”

YD exhibits the type of grief where you just want to keep moving, keep busy in order not to look back. The song even alludes to this; “yes, of course we still love her, and we’re always thinking of her, but now there’s nothing we can do, so tell me what’s the use in feeling blue?”

Her grief materialises mainly in the wish to exact vengance upon the gems who caused PDs death, as well as the entire subgroup of quartz that she belonged to. If not for BD’s wish to perserve everything that belonged to PD (because ”they were hers”), she would have eradicated the entire cut of Rose Quartz in their possession. 

We even see it in the rehtoric (can i call it rethoric?)  she uses on BD, pushing her to see a picture bigger than her own grief, 

”Where’s their diamond when they need her, Blue? You’ve got to be a leader, Blue!”

It’s even shown in their composure; BD hunched over, head bowed, weeping, YD straight-backed, head rarely bowed (until that one, fantastic moment from the song where we see her composure break just a little). 

Steven Universe shows us something that is important to remember. Grief doesn’t always look like bowed heads and tears and laying flowers on graves. Sometimes it looks like squared shoulders and stubbornly not looking back because what lies behind you is too painful.

Steven Universe is great because it shows depth to even the most terrible of villains, and I just fucking love this show man. 

anonymous asked:

hey, can you break down the differences between the adventure zone and critical role for me? i haven't listened to either and now i'm curious

Oh gosh, okay. They’re delightful but… very different approaches to the same general idea (broadcasting a D&D game), and I think the fans of one show tend to have a sort of skewed impression of the other show, so here’s my thinking.

Just the basics, to begin with: The Adventure Zone started running in late 2014, and it’s an audio-only podcast in which the McElroy brothers and their dad start a brand-new D&D campaign from scratch. Critical Role started running in early 2015, and it’s a video podcast in which a bunch of best-friend voice actors started filming the D&D campaign they’d already been playing for years at home with the same characters. TAZ is (generally) prerecorded and lightly edited down, CR is 100% live. Both have a lot of howlingly funny and surprisingly touching moments, both get a lot more intense the more you get into them, and both are good shows that are a Good Time, especially when they make you feel things you didn’t sign up for. The main canon of TAZ is currently 56 one-hour-long episodes, with new episodes every two weeks, and CR is currently 85 four-hour-long episodes, with new episodes every week. Most of the reason for CR’s absurd length comes down to (a) three times as many players, and (b) no editing.

The DMs both put a ton of work into the world, but they also have very different approaches. Griffin (TAZ) is DMing for the first time, while Matt (CR) has talked about how DMing D&D games for the past 20 years is what got him interested in acting in the first place. The world of TAZ is much more of a sci-fi/fantasy hybrid, while CR sticks more to traditional fantasy.

TAZ plays fast and loose with the rules, which can be both a delight and a frustration for storytelling reasons—for instance, until the latest arc both spell slots and HP were not really tracked, which means (a) Griffin has had to come up with incredibly creative ways of introducing risk and limitations to the game, and (b) those incredibly creative ways can start to get pretty damn brutal. The mechanics of the game feel like an imposition on the story, most of the time—it’s rare that you get a dice roll that makes a huge difference to the plot (but when you do, as in the most recent episode, it’s pretty darn cool). As a result, the biggest spanner in the works of Griffin’s plans tends to be in the form of out-of-the-box thinking from his players, which they excel at; I think there is a tendency to railroad the plot as a result, but it’s a good story and it’s well worth a little bit of elbowing to keep everyone on track. Magical items also play a huge role, with viewers of the show submitting awesome new trinkets for the heroes of the story to use/abuse/completely forget about.

Because CR tilts more towards the rulebook (although Matt gets more than his fair share of shit for homebrewing and letting things slide and defaulting to the Rule of Cool), chance plays a much bigger role in the story. Matt’s simultaneously battling some incredibly creative players and dice that seem determined to roll as dramatically as possible. Entire subplots have been wiped out by a strategic roll, and in order to be able to adapt to that on the fly, Matt has to be hyper-prepared and have a lot of possible branching points. It’s absurdly open-world, especially now that the characters have the ability to travel instantly through different planes of existence, and Matt keeps pace with a story that feels more character-led than DM-led; railroading is practically nonexistent, which means you get incredible plot developments and super-deep characterization… but it also sometimes leads to long circular conversations trying to figure out what to do next. Because the players are all actors, there’s also a lot more that’s just straight-up improv theater: it’s not unusual (especially lately) to go for verrrry long stretches of riveting conversation without anybody rolling dice (I can think of a moment where Matt could’ve just had everyone fail a charisma saving throw against an NPC but instead just straight-up charmed them all in real life with words).

I’ll put it this way: CR is a basketball pickup game between friends who’ve been playing together so long that they kind of have their own home rules going and stick to them. TAZ is out there playing fuckin’ Calvinball. Both are great fun, but if you go into one expecting the other you’re in for a bad time.

Both shows have a lot of great NPCs, although Critical Role’s format gives them a lot more time and depth to shine (there are episodes where an NPC will have as much or more “screen time” than some of the player characters). Both shows have LGBT representation among player characters and NPCs alike that, while not perfect, is generally improving as the show goes on. For me personally, one of the more frustrating things about going from CR to TAZ was going from three female player characters and a metric fuckton of extremely deep characterization for all the female NPCs to no female player characters and many great and memorable female NPCs who nevertheless don’t get too much screentime or development just because of the the structure of the show.

TAZ is pretty shaky throughout the first arc (Griffin’s fighting a bit of an uphill battle getting everyone to sit down and actually play the game, which is funny in and of itself), but things slowly start to come together and the real potential of the show becomes clear once they break the heck out of the 5e Starter Set. I think the “Murder on the Rockport Limited” arc is what started to pull me in, and it’s not until the latest arc that I’m starting to get the character development I really crave in that show. Critical Role also takes a little while to find its footing, and to me the Briarwood arc (starting around episode 24) is where the mood of the show starts to solidify, with episode 40 and beyond really pushing from “this is cool, I’m enjoying how these interpretations of fantasy tropes are sometimes kinda unusual and off-the-wall!” to “how is this the most honest and genuine character development I’ve ever seen in media what the heck is happening here”.

So yeah. TAZ isn’t total chaos with no plot or effort put into it, CR isn’t a humorless wasteland of mathematical minutiae and rigid formulaic approaches. Both shows are great fun, both are IMO in an upswing and getting better and better as they go along, and I heartily recommend them both if you know what you’re getting into. Have fun!